On Friday 20th December 2019 the Cudlee Creek bushfire swept through our property destroying 21 years of hard work.  The winery, all the wine stock,  90% of the vineyard, all of the farm, all of the sheds. Our beautiful dream of an eco haven was destroyed. But we are rebuilding, replanting and getting back on track! We need your help to get us there. Our insurance has covered the physical items, but it’s going to years to get everything back to the way it was. We lost our livelihood, we had no wine or grapes of our own so we had no income. We need your help to get us back growing and making our own wine. The best way you can help us is to buy wine direct from us. This is our hope! range, which was generously given to us by two local wineries so we can continue to trade. 

Our cellar door and winery is now at our vineyard which is in the Lenswood sub region of the Adelaide Hills. From July 2002 to January 2018 our winery and cellar door was in the old Onkaparinga Woollen Mill, in the nearby historic town of Lobethal. In March 2018 we relocated our cellar door and winery to the vineyard at 1856 Lobethal Road (halfway between Lobethal and Lenswood), siting the winery in the old machinery shed and the cellar door was temporarily in a side opening shipping container. Now we have left that and are operating out of our nearly completed eco cellar door

We are building an environmentally friendly cellar door that will be zero net carbon and powered by the sun. (Just like our vines!) We hope you will visit us over the coming months and see this exciting project take shape!

We are one of only six wineries in the Adelaide Hills, that grows, makes and bottles its own wine. 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.

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 passionate about winemaking, the environment and sustainable buildings/ renewable energy:- you never quite know whether you will be entertained by his stories, get to try a wine from his cellar, be given a tour of the vineyard or winery, or learn about the amazing new cellar door he is building

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 wine shops, and of course at our cellar door. We pride ourselves on being rustic and offering people an authentic winery cellar door 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 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.

Tilbrook Estate wines can be purchased from our online wine store, Wine Sales, or from our eco 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.

May to August opening hours!

Our vineyard cellar door is open 12 -5 Sundays. However, if you’d like to visit any other day please ring. Most times I can be there in just 5 minutes!  Please wear sensible clothing when visiting during the colder months. Also please note we are closed when it is very wet, or very windy.

“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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