Thorn-Clarke Wines

What happened in 2017?

2017 has been an excellent year with a near record harvest from our Estate vineyards, a long slow growing season delivered us quality fruit and lots of it.

We also achieved a record crush through our Milton Park winery. The vineyard and winery teams worked well together to make it look easy.

The onset of winter saw our vineyards meet another year of cutting back ‘dead arm’ or Eutypa which is a fungal infection that reduces yield and can kill vines – boring stuff but essential to the longevity and productivity of the vines.

The winery received some new winery equipment including a de-stemmer, filter and tanks – all important for improving quality of our wines and ensuring we are equipped to make the best possible.

Exporting to over 20 markets globally it is exciting to see a number of Asian markets developing a taste for our wines, while Europe and North America have long been good markets for our wines we are increasingly shipping more into Asia.

Our offices are currently undergoing some construction work. What was a section of our offices will soon become a private tasting and wine experiences room. This work will be completed in 2018 and allow us to accommodate groups, events and trade visitors in a smaller and more intimate space than our Cellar Door currently offers.

30 Years Old! In 1987 our Kabininge vineyard near Tanunda was planted, this planting was the first step in what has evolved to become Thorn-Clarke! We celebrated a 30th Birthday in November at the winery with a collection of people who all played a part in the winery becoming what it is today – past and present staff, suppliers, friends and customers.

The year has been filled with both challenges and successes – most of which have been fun….

We wish you all the best for the coming festive season and 2018, we hope you enjoy plenty of quality time, food and wine with loved ones.

Here are some of the images from what ended up being a wet but fun 30 year celebration.


Ben Chapman

General Manager