Richard and Marie Shaw planted five acres of vines in McLaren Vale in 1975 with planting now expanded to 155 acres in McLaren Vale and over 1000 acres in Currency Creek. The winery is managed by their three sons; Philip, Nathan and Mark. Ballast Stone Estate at Currency Creek, with extensive winemaking facilities and cellar door, was established in 2001. Ten years later, an additional cellar door was opened at Signal Point in the Wharf Precinct of Goolwa.
Where are your vineyards located?
We have approximately 150 acres in McLaren Vale and 1100 acres in Currency Creek – both are cool climate regions in South Australia.
What are the advantages of having access to fruit from two distinct areas?
McLaren Vale gives us red grapes with powerful, distinct classic varietal characteristics for which this area is renowned. Added versatility comes from the fact that we have some old vines, planted in the 1940s, which are low yielding but produce exceptional fruit. Currency Creek, being a cooler maritime climate, grows grapes with fruit driven, elegant lift and excellent consistency. Some of these vines were planted in 1969, while other sections are relatively young, planted around 15 years ago. Being a cooler climate, this area also is excellent for white grape production.