Cellar Doors Opening Hours
Wed - Sun 10:30am - 5:00pm
Restaurant Opening Hours
Saturday and Sunday - Lunch 12.00 - 4.00
719 Uley Road, Uleybury SA 5114
Tel: (08) 8280 7335
We featured in Australia’s National Wine Magazine – Winestate for Nov/Dec 2000. Read the article below or find it displayed on the wall in the Cellar Door.
The property once housed a thoroughbred stud – but it now produces thoroughbred wine. Uleybury Vineyards and Wines at Uleybury (near the township of One Tree Hill, about 40 kilometres north-east of Adelaide, South Australia), is the venture of Tony and Gail Pipicella, their sons Tore and Anthony, and daughter Natalie. Working on the land is nothing new; Tony’s father grew grapes in Italy.
Initial plantings of shiraz in 1995 were followed by semillon the following year, and in 1997 it was merlot, cabernet sauvignon, sangiovese and grenache. Those plantings have surpassed all expectations and the first wines released mid year, the 1999 Uley Chapel Shiraz, 1999 Grenache/Shiraz and 2000 Semillon, stand testament to the family’s belief in their choice of site.
Uleybury is a new winegrowing area, but success with those first three wines has proved it has the elements necessary to produce quality wines. With the slight maritime influence from the afternoon sea breezes that cool the canopy, the climate can be described as Mediterranean.
The soil structure is rich, fertile, medium clay over limestone with a shallow topsoil; the altitude is 260 metres above sea level. The locale could be compared to those other SA areas Wynn Vale, Golden Grove and Magill, which produce premium wines.
Those early achievements have been the result of research, passion and teamwork – qualities that will see them through the next stage of their development. A five-year plan includes increasing the vineyard to 80 hectares and extending the wine portfolio, and establishing a winery and cellar door outlet. A restaurant and bed-and-breakfast operation are also on the drawing board. Clearly all this will call for a lot more teamwork, but the family is fully up to the task. These are exciting times, and the pioneer growers are gratified to see others follow in their footsteps and establish more vineyards in the area.