Deviation Road Winery produces exciting cool climate wines from mature vineyard resources in the Adelaide Hills. Owners Hamish and Kate Laurie continue a five generation winemaking tradition. Devoted to the high altitude sites of the Adelaide Hills and with Kate’s French oenology training, the wines they produce are at once traditional and contemporary.
With a fiery passion to create premium bottle fermented and aged sparkling together with textual aromatic whites and basket-pressed reds that can genuinely cellar, their signature style is focussed, textural, restrained and balanced. At Deviation Road every sip reveals a little of the mystery; a taste of the terroir, a glimpse at the season, a hint of the science and a wink to the heritage that crafts its existence.
Tell us more about Kate's French oenology training?
Kate loves all things French, so at 19 she jumped at the opportunity to live and study in the famed region of Champagne, France. In 1997 Kate graduated from the Lycée Viticole d’Avize realising her winemaking dream. Today Kate specialises in producing premium, bottle fermented and aged Sparkling, drawing on the expertise obtained while living and studying in the famed region of Champagne. Deviation Road enjoys an impressive and growing list of national and international accolades for its Sparkling wine including: Top Gold at the UK Sommeliers Wine Awards 2014, Trophy for Best Sparkling of the Show at the Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2011 and 2012, and Best Australian Sparkling at the Sydney International Wine Show 2012, not to mention being named on various exclusive wine lists including Matthew Jukes 2014 Best Australian Wines and Tony Love's Top 100 Wines 2014 and 2013.
What can visitors expect at your cellar door?
Located in the picturesque Adelaide Hills, Deviation Road's cellar door experience combines a spectacular vineyard and native garden setting with a sophisticated wine menu that showcases our commitment to cool climate viticulture. Taste the range of award-winning artisanal Sparkling, aromatic white and basket pressed red wines or book in for a tutored wine flight or master class. Enjoy regionally inspired tasting platters, a game of bocce on the manicured lawns or sit back in the wine garden with a glass of wine and watch the alpacas graze in the vineyard. You may even be lucky enough to witness Kate saber a bottle of Sparkling at special cellar door only events. Surrounded by heritage listed bush land, Deviation Road's cellar door celebrates the very best of the Adelaide Hills.
Did you know...
I was the first English-speaking person to graduate from the Lycée Viticole d’Avize in Champagne, France! Also Hamish Laurie's great great grandmother Mary Laurie was South Australia's first registered female winemaker.