Artwine was established in 2008 by Judy & Glen Kelly. After many years of vineyard production and the planting of new-emerging varieties on their Clare Valley and Adelaide Hills vineyards, the wine label was born. Judy and Glen have combined their skills and passion to create and develop the Artwine brand, which is now synonomous with the new-emerging varieties, the driver of their wine passion.
They own three vineyards, two in the Clare Valley one that houses their Artwine vineyard accommodation. The third vineyard is in the cooler climate of the Adelaide Hills at 72 Bird in Hand Road, Woodside in the Adelaide Hills. This is where they have built their stunning architecturally designed Cellar Door.
"Our major focus and passion are the new-modern emerging varieties that offer new and exciting wines. We firmly believe this is the future of wine in Australia". We are committed to leading change, that in turn leads to a more sustainable wine industry by pioneering new varieties that are more conducive to the climate warming and also appease the changing consumer wine tastes.
Artwine has achieved in just a few short years an amazing 12 Trophies.
Artwine has recently been awarded the Chanticleer Cup from the Adelaide Hills wine region for the Most Welcoming Cellar Door in the region for 2017.
"2016 was an 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 of 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 oversees the management of the vineyards.
Owning vineyards since 1997, they are totally inspired by the lighter style European varieties. They started with planting Tempranillo, Pinot Gris, Viognier and later added Graciano, Fiano & Montepulciano. These were in addition to the existing varieties already planted, of Cabernet Sauvignon, Old Bush vine Grenache, Cabernet Franc and Riesling.
The second Clare Valley vineyard in Sevenhill which has stunning views on the other side of the Valley is home to their self-contained Artwine Vineyard Accommodation. That vineyard is planted to Riesling, Cabernet, Shiraz and Tempranillo.
The Adelaide Hills vineyard which is also home to our architecturally designed Cellar Door, has Prosecco, Albariño, Pinot Noir and Merlot planted.
Having initially sold fruit to major wine producers it was in 2008 when the Artwine label was finally launched. Their magnificent antique doors to their stunning Cellar Door in Woodside in the very beautiful Adelaide HIlls were officially opened in October 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. 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