The Artwine label was established in 2008 by Judy & Glen Kelly, after 11 years of planting alternative varieties on their Clare Valley vineyard. With our backgrounds in international marketing and banking, we have now combined our skills to create and build the brand. Together we manage the Artwine brand and our exciting wine “future”.
ArtWine has two vineyards, with vineyard accommodation in the Clare Valley and a third vineyard housing our architecturally designed Cellar Door in the Adelaide Hills at 72 Bird in Hand Road, Woodside.
"Our major focus and passion is on the new-modern emerging varieties that offer new and exciting wines to consumers. We firmly believe that Australia's future lies in creating lighter, more food friendly wines and we are dedicated to producing these new varieties to offer existing wine drinkers and embrace potential and new wine drinkers".
We have achieved in just a few short years an amazing 11 Trophies.
2016 was the most incredible year for us with a total of 8 Trophies won. We won our first Trophy of the year for our Coco traditional Sparkling at the Australia & New Zealand Boutique Wine Awards, this was followed by a staggering 6 Trophies at the Clare Valley Wine Show winning, "Best Dry White" other than Riesling" for our Fiano, "Best Rosé of show", for our Temptress Rosé. "Best Dry Red Wine" and then the overall "Best Red Wine of the Show" with our first vintage Montepulciano. We were further awarded as "Best exhibitor of Show" and "Best Small Producer".
The year culminated with an Australia & New Zealand Winestate Wine of the Year Award for the "Best Alternative Red Wine of the year" for our Montepulciano.
The Artwine Team
Judy manages the Sales & Marketing, Cellar Door and daily operations whilst Glen Glen oversees the management of the vineyards.
Owning vineyards since 1997 we are totally inspired by the lighter style European varieties. We started with planting Tempranillo, Pinot Gris, Viognier and later added Graciano, Fiano & Montepulciano. These were in addition to the existing classic Clare varieties already planted, of Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache (approx 100 year old bush vines), Cabernet Franc and Riesling.
Our second Clare Valley vineyard in Sevenhill which has stunning views on the other side of the Valley is home to our self contained vineyard accommodation, ArtWine Cottages. The vineyard is planted to Riesling, Cabernet & Shiraz and Temranillo that was grafted.
The Adelaide Hills vineyard which is home to our Cellar Door, we have planted Prosecco & more recently Albariño to add to the existing vines of Merlot and Pinot Noir.
Having initially sold our fruit to major award winning wine producers it was in 2008 when we took the leap and launched our ArtWine label, subsequwntly opening our Cellar Door in 2013.
Our wines are made in joint collabaration with ourselves and our winemakers, Joanne Irvine, WineWise in the Barossa and Michael Sykes from Lodestone in the Adelaide Hills.
Joanne has a degree in oenology from the University of Adelaide and has worked in a number of Australian and American wineries where she developed a strong affection for exotic varieties. She was awarded UK’s International Wine Challenge, Red Winemaker of the Year in London in 2006 and was the Barossa Valley Winemaker of the year in 2009 and was inducted as a Baron of the Barossa in 2014.
Michael Sykes is an exciting young winemaker who won the Brokenwood Dux of Second Year prize during his wine making course at the University of Adelaide. He worked with Cape d’Estaing winemaker Robyn Moody before starting his own winery at Lodestone. Michael’s attention to detail puts him in high regard amongst South Australia best winemakers