South Australia | McLaren Vale

Our Review

Inkwell was born in 2003 when Dudley Brown returned to Australia from California and bought a rundown vineyard on the serendipitously named California Road. He inherited 5ha of neglected shiraz, and planted an additional 7ha to viognier (2.5ha), zinfandel (2.5ha) and heritage shiraz clones (2ha). The 5-year restoration of the old vines and establishment of the new reads like the ultimate handbook for aspiring vignerons, particularly those who are prepared to work non-stop. The reward has been rich. Dudley is adamant that the production will be capped at 1000 dozen; almost all the grapes are sold. Exports to the US and Canada. -JAMES HALLIDAY


Inkwell produces small batch single vineyard wines from low yielding Shiraz, Primitivo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier vines in McLaren Vale. Our vineyards are sustainably / biologically farmed with an emphasis on expressing the unique values of our special site. Planted in thin loam over on 1-2 million year old Ngaltinga and Pirramimma Sandstone formations.

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Winemaker Dudley Brown
Established 2003
Dozens 800
Vineyards (area) 12 ha
Viticulturist N/A
Opening Hours By appt
Address PO Box 33, Sellicks Beach, SA 5174
Telephone 0430 050 115