Knappstein

A brand rich in history

A Clare Valley icon since 1878

Despite the wine brand only being established in 1976 by Tim Knappstein, the winery itself dates back to 1878.  The foundational roots that were to become the winery were laid down by an entrepreneurial businesswoman named Fanny Filgate who constructed the Enterprise Brewery, with the purpose of satisfying the thirsts of local miners. In 1905 the brewery's name was changed to Clare Brewery and the brewery owned no less than 15 hotels in Clare and surrounding areas. The brewery underwent significant renovations and additions but closed in 1916 due to trading hours changes that restricted sales. In 1917 the site reopened as Clare Mineral Waters and they would produce cordials and soft drinks at the site until 1976. Today the winery sits on the original heritage-listed Enterprise site and continues to produce quality wines.

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Winemaker

Michael Kane

Michael’s passion for all things wine began at a wine auction house in WA. While working as a cellar hand in Margaret River WA, Michael completed his studies and then set off to travel and work in wine regions including Central Otago, Oregon, Napa, Champagne and Burgundy. Over the years he has helped craft wine from some of Australia’s most well-known brands including Devils Lair, Stella Bella and Wolf Blass.

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“Built on a rich heritage, it is one of the most recognisable and popular Clare Valley wineries”.

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The Vineyards

Enterprise Vineyard

Planted in 1969, on a slightly warmer climate site containing low-yielding Cabernet Sauvignon that burst with flavour. The soils are Terra Rossa over limestone.

Mayors Vineyard

Planted in 1969 by a former Mayor of Adelaide. This site sits on the eastern slopes of the valley and is a little cooler in climate. The vineyard produces elegant savoury Shiraz.

Ackland Vineyard

Planted in 1971 in a cool climate region close to the Watervale township. Riesling from this vineyard are aromatic and have delicate floral nuances due to cooler night temperatures and an abundance of slate and shale rock found throughout the vineyard.

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Sustainability

The approach to viticulture is to employ as many sustainable practices that reduce environmental impacts as possible. Examples of this are reduced use of chemicals, under-vine mulching, the use of livestock for weed control and the introduction of biological fungicides. These practices have also been introduced at the winery and office levels.