Tilbrook Estate, the Adelaide Hills winery where wine and food is hand made with passion!
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
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 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 varies between 1000 cases and 1500 cases (due to seasonal variations) 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, as well as fantastic wood oven pizzas and platters made from Adelaide Hills food either grown or made here.
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.
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 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 Summer opening hours!
Our winery cellar door is open 1 – 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.
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