Ulithorne

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29 Mill Terrace
Middleton SA 5213
Australia
Phone: 08 8554 2411
Mobile: 0419 040 670
Fax: 08 8554 2433
Email: wine@ulithorne.com.au
Appointment Email: info@themillatmiddleton.com.au

Ulithorne is located in the town of Middleton in the McLaren Vale wine region of South Australia.

In the late 1830's, the land was granted by the South Australian Government to the Fox family and had been in the Fox family until Frank and Judy Harrison purchased it in 1969. In 1971, they planted 30 acres of their 100 acre farm to Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon to convince the local council that they would responsibly dispose of the effluent from their proposed piggery. To their disappointment, the authorities did not approve the piggery and they were left with a 30 acre vineyard!

Frank and Judy moved to the city in 1979, selling their home and some of the land but leaving the vineyard, stone cottage and sheds intact on some 60 acres. For the next 18 years, the under managed and neglected vineyard produced minimum tonnage still delivering some of the best grapes in the region to wineries Wirra Wirra and later to Rosemount.

In 1997, Sam Harrison and Rose Kentish leased and subsequently purchased the vineyard. Since then, Sam and Rose have improved the infrastructure to support their aim of producing exceptional quality wine. In 1998, they planted a further 14 acres of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon on the north facing hills. In 2002, they purchased 25 acres from their neighbour and have planted it to 1/3 Merlot and 2/3 Shiraz.

In October 2006, Sam and Rose made the huge decision to sell the vineyard and move to the sea. They bought an old flour mill in Middleton, about 30 minutes south of McLaren Vale where Sam now returns to painting and Rose continues to produce wine from the vineyard. Two rooms on the ground floor of the Mill have been converted into a cellar door for Ulithorne Wines, open for tastings on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-4pm.

Cafe on site.

 

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