Tilbrook Estate, where Adelaide Hills wine is hand made with passion!
So come and meet the eccentric English winemaker in his
man wine cave……
On James’ first visit to Australia he broke his neck in a car accident but this didn’t put him off coming back 10 years later to pursue his dream of making great wine. James is known for being a bit eccentric (think Basil Fawlty), you never quite know whether you will be entertained by his stories, get to try a wine from his cellar, or be given a tour of the winery. But really it is not just a winery because James practically lives here, hence why we call it his
man wine cave!
Our philosophy is simple: “Hand made by our hands.” This means the person behind the counter most of the time is James, the actual winemaker. We are true artisan producers – growing the grapes, making the wine and bottling it ourselves. One of only a handful of Adelaide Hills’ producers that do everything! Our annual production varies between 1000 cases and 1500 cases (due to seasonal variations) so you won’t find our wines in the big chains, but in independent wine merchants, good cafes & restaurants, and of course at our cellar door. We pride ourselves on being rustic and offering people an authentic experience!
James is self taught, drawing inspiration from the classic French wine regions. You will find this reflected in the crazy ideas, by Australian standards, used on our Estate vineyard in Lenswood. Famous for apples, pears, cherries and now wine, Lenswood is one of only two special delimited areas in the high altitude cool climate Adelaide Hills wine region.
Two minutes drive from the vineyard you’ll find our cellar door and winery in the old Onkaparinga Woollen Mill, in the historic town of Lobethal. Onkaparinga was established in 1869, making it one of Australia’s oldest brands. It was famous for the quality of its woollen blankets, with many newly weds receiving one as a wedding present. Onkaparinga also made the uniforms for the armed services for both world wars. You could say it helped win the War! (Don’t mention the War). The Mill closed in 1993 but is now home to an eclectic group of food and drink producers.
Our old red brick building’s rich history, from the time it was built in the 1890’s, lends the perfect atmosphere to being home to one of the smallest “grape to bottle” wineries and cellar doors in the Adelaide Hills. So come and visit us, observe a working winery first hand, talk with the eccentric winemaker, and taste great wines!
Tilbrook Estate wines can be purchased from our online wine store, Wines & Shop, or from our cellar door in Lobethal.
Please note our Winter opening hours!
Our cellar door is open 12 – 4 Friday by appointment, and 11 -5 Saturday to Sunday and Public Holidays, plus most weekdays when the winemaker is present. – Please check to see if the A board is out. On Fridays, weekends and Public Holidays we serve wood oven pizzas and local produce gourmet platters either in the courtyard on fine, sunny days or inside amongst the barrels, when it is wet, cold or too windy.
“It was all lovely thank you. The experience in the winery was actually more interesting than the rest of the day as you were able to show us wines straight from the barrels in different stages. Thank you for sharing that knowledge with us and showing us how they develop. Was great!!”
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