Vineyards and Winemaking


Situated in the Fleurieu region of South Australia, McLaren Vale is nestled within the southern Mount Lofty Ranges. With it’s close proximity to the Gulf of St Vincent to the west, the resulting Mediterranean-type climate ensures the grapes enjoy a long, even ripening period, producing wines of exceptional flavour and generousity.

DOWIE DOOLE’s principal vineyard is comprised of 53 hectares of undulating and picturesque landscape primarily planted to premium, classic McLaren Vale varietals including Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and over 50 year old bush vine Grenache.

Select parcels of fruit are also sourced from the founders’ vineyards:

Tintookie Vineyard – Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale - Drew Dowie & Lulu Lunn

Cali Road Vineyard – Tatachilla, McLaren Vale - Norm & Jane Doole

The Range Vineyard – Kuitpo, Adelaide Hills – Norm & Jane Doole

Rifle Range Vineyard – McLaren Vale - Leigh & Jen Gilligan

Vineyard management is led by advocates of sustainable viticulture practices - Dave Gartlemann, Drew Dowie and Lulu Lunn.


DOWIE DOOLE wines capture the essence of the vineyards in which they were grown and the vintage in which they have been produced - and in the case of the single vineyard wines - an expression of each vineyards individuality.

It is this sense of place – encapsulated in a bottle that has earned DOWIE DOOLE a reputation for crafting regionally distinctive wines. Put simply… our winemaking starts in the vineyard.

Chief Winemaker Chris Thomas works closely with the viticultural team to ensure the consistent quality of the fruit that goes into each and every bottle of DOWIE DOOLE wine. Once harvested, the grapes are hand crafted into premium wines with minimal intervention.