The Barristers Block label was created in 2004 by Jan Siemelink-Allen together with her two sons James and Lachlan, and her husband Evert-Jan.
Jan has spent 20 years in the wine industry, starting in the Coonawarra managing Cellar Door outlets, then moving on to eventually spend 5 years managing South Australian sales for two major Australian wine companies, before leaving in September, 2004, to create and market her own label.
To enable us to maintain our standard of excellence, we ensure we obtain fruit from those regions which are known for providing the best fruit in a particular varietal. As well as sourcing quality fruit from regions, such as the Barossa, the family farm in the Wrattonbully region has a 25-acre vineyard, growing Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, and we have recently expanded and purchased a 20-acre vineyard at Woodside in the Adelaide Hills. Notably, the Wrattonbully vineyard provided the fruit for the winning Jimmy Watson wine in 2004 under contract, whilst we are able to obtain quality Sauvignon Blanc fruit, so typical and admired of the Adelaide Hills region, from Woodside.
Jan opened the new Barristers Block Cellar Door early in 2008. She firmly believes that all who visit will embrace the wines in the natural setting of the vineyard and see where her passion comes from that enables Barristers Block to produce such high quality wines.
The ‘Greening’ of Our Business
Our vineyards are all run with minimal tillage and all natural fertilizers and as organically as we are able to be without certification as yet. We run our own sheep through the vineyard during winter to keep the growth down in the vineyards and also to provide natural fertilization. This also prevents compaction of the soils and avoids using fossil fuels to slash the vineyard.
All vineyards are drip irrigated and mulched in summer to ensure moisture is preserved in the soil and no water wastage.
We have planted a small forest on the Woodside vineyard as part of our offsetting programme, and are always looking to extend our methods of managing our business more sustainably & increasing bio diversity in all of our agricultural pursuits.
We have recently completed an eco-mapping programme on our properties and are actively working towards becoming formally accredited as carbon neutral – given that Australia has only very recently signed agreements for this to be ratified this should hopefully be achieved in the very near future.
Barristers Block Cellar Door is open 7 days a week.
If you will be doing some wine tastings, there is a $10 tasting fee per person to go through our list, $5 of your tasting fee is redeemable on any take home purchases only.
Why not kick back and enjoy a lovely glass of wine with one of our grazing platters.
Wanting to have lunch at Barristers Block, no problem! If it’s for a larger group (5+) give us a call the day before and we can organise it otherwise just pop in!
Sign up to our VIP Club for a joining fee of $285.00 per year.
This gets you:
To join contact the cellar door on 08 8389 7706
There is a charge of $285 to join, which will give you membership for 12 months from the date of payment
Wine and membership card is sent to you approx 30 days after payment
Villa bookings are subject to availability. Minimum two nights stay.
Membership may be cancelled at any time 30 days prior to the renewal date by writing to us
Club membership is only available to members over the age of eighteen
Barristers Block will not be liable for loss due to incorrect payment or delivery
Membership offers will be reviewed annually
Barristers Block Weddings
Barristers Block Wines Cellar Door is situated in the stunning Adelaide Hills only 25 minutes drive from Adelaide CBD. Surrounded by beautiful vineyards and majestic trees, the lush lawns and picturesque lake provide a beautiful setting for your wedding and ceremony. Our rustic Hayshed is the perfect spot for receptions be it sit down or a more casual affair and can cater for small intimate gatherings of 30 to larger functions of up to 180. Our aim at Barristers Block Winery is to create a unique Function tailored to your specific needs.
Weddings Your Way
Barristers Block Winery has several areas which can be utilized for your event. Each space can be created to suit your personality – the limits are only your imagination – relaxing rustic charm to elaborate formal styles. We have our wonderful preffered catering team who have created delicious cocktail menus up to full banquets to compliment our award winning wines. However, if you wish to use your own caterers we are more than happy to work with them.
Our Vigneron Villa is available for hire with up to three bedrooms and plenty of room for you and your bridal party to get ready for your special day. Whatever your ideas and dreams are we will work with you to help create your magical day.
For Information on Weddings or Functions please call our cellar door on 8389 7706.
We produce at this stage approx 7500 cases per year and have taken a very soft and deliberate approach to growth. At Barristers Block Wines we believe in producing quality rather than quantity and are always looking for ways to improve our products
At present we are producing from our 2 vineyards
Situated less than 30mins from Adelaide at Woodside in the picturesque Adelaide Hills.
The Vigneron Villa is adjacent to the Barristers Block Cellar Door and Vineyard, where you can taste our local premium wines whilst enjoying the peaceful surrounds including the vineyards, landscaped gardens, farm animals and birdlife.
Close to the township of Woodside, we are centrally located for you to truly experience the beautiful Adelaide Hills.
Barristers Block Vigneron Villa’s full renovated accommodation is the perfect getaway, sleeping up to six people in the three large luxurious bedrooms.
Relax on the verandah and enjoy our local breakfast provisions, borrow a Barristers Block bike and take a ride on the Amy Gillett Bikeway or simply enjoy a glass of wine by the fire.
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