Tilbrook Estate, the Adelaide Hills winery where wine is hand made with passion!

Since late March 2018 our winery and cellar door has moved to our vineyard, which is at 1856 Lobethal Road, Lobethal (halfway between Lobethal and Lenswood). 

So if you’d like to visit a truly artisanal winery, and have an authentic and rustic experience then come and meet the eccentric English winemaker in his shipping container cellar door……

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.

 

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 one of only a few Adelaide Hills wineries that do everything from  growing the grapes, making the wine to bottling it ourselves. Our annual production is around 1000 cases so you won’t find our wines in the big chains, but in good cafes & restaurants, and of course at our cellar door. We pride ourselves on being rustic and offering people an authentic winery cellar door experience. Whilst we are building the new cellar door we will be having monthly events serving our fantastic wood oven pizzas and platters made from Adelaide Hills food.

 

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 in the centre of the Adelaide Hills. 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.

 

Our cellar door and winery is now at our vineyard which is in the Lenswood sub region of the Adelaide Hills. For the past 16 years we have had the cellar door and winery in the old Onkaparinga Woollen Mill, in the historic town of Lobethal. In Late February and March 2018 we relocated our cellar door and winery to the vineyard, siting the winery in the old machinery shed and the cellar door in a side opening shipping container.

We are building an environmentally friendly cellar door next to the shipping container that will be zero net carbon and off grid.  We hope you will visit us over the coming months and see this exciting project take shape!

We are 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 (tours by appointment), talk with the eccentric winemaker, and taste great wines! Also, I think you’ll agree, we have one of the best views from our cellar door of rolling hills, vineyards, apple orchards, pasture and remnant native bush.

Tilbrook Estate wines can be purchased from our online wine store, Wine Sales, or from our shipping container cellar door at our Lenswood vineyard. Please also ask about our new “Hand made With Passion” wine club which offers exclusive deals and discounted wine for a small amount every two months.

 

Please note our Autumn opening hours!

Our vineyard cellar door is open 12 -5 Thursday to Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday). Because the vineyard and winery is right next door, the winemaker will often be working in one or the other during quiet moments, so please ring the number on the counter if he is not present. He’ll be there in a flash! Please warm warm and sensible clothing when visiting as there can be a breeze blowing sometimes. Also please note we are closed when it is wet or very windy.


 

 

 

 

 

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“Querky great wine experience” – Visited October 2016
5 of 5 bubbles
It is different! But take the time to enjoy the experience and the stories. James is Tilbrook Estate from growing through to bottling and cellar door as well. Ideal for small groups and found James very generous and loved his dry English sense of humour. If you want clinical structured tasting go elsewhere. Excellent wines. Highly recommend and will go back.

 

 

 

 

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