In 2017, Brad and Nicole embarked on a journey to create something extraordinary in the heart of the Langhorne Creek Wine Region. Their vision materialized in December 2018 with the unveiling of the Kimbolton Cellar Door, a true architectural marvel that reflects their unwavering commitment to wine, sustainability, and family-friendly experiences.
A Sustainable Oasis
Kimbolton's Cellar Door is not just a place to enjoy fine wines; it's a testament to sustainability and innovative design. Crafted from repurposed shipping containers that blend seamlessly with the surrounding nature, this eco-friendly structure is nestled among the gum trees. The use of recycled timber throughout the construction significantly reduces the winery's environmental footprint. One of the standout features is the rooftop viewing deck, one of only two in South Australia. From this vantage point, visitors can take in the breathtaking views of the 59-year-old vines responsible for Kimbolton's exceptional wines, making it the perfect spot to savor wine while absorbing the region's beauty.
A Place for All
Brad and Nicole understand the importance of creating a family-friendly environment. They introduced signature wine and cheese flights, along with kids' tasting flights, providing an inclusive space where families can come together and bond over their shared love of wine.
Innovating in Challenging Times
The past five years haven't been without their challenges, including a 10-week closure only ten months after opening, due to the global pandemic. Kimbolton displayed remarkable resilience and adaptability, offering bookable online experiences, seated wine tastings, and introducing Beats & Eats events – a delightful fusion of wine, food trucks, and live music in a controlled environment.
Committed to Conservation
Kimbolton is not just about crafting exceptional wines; it's also about giving back to nature. Their partnership with Monarto Safari Park supports cheetah conservation, with a portion of Cabernet Sauvignon sales contributing to this noble cause. Furthermore, Kimbolton and five other Langhorne wineries sponsor various African animals through "Grapes for Good," donating proceeds from limited-edition wines to protect threatened species.
Awards and Global Recognition
Over the last five years, Kimbolton Wines has garnered a massive total of 15 awards
SILVER AWARD WINNER - 2023 South Australia Tourism Awards – Tourism Wineries
FINALIST - 2024 SA Great Wine Capitals “Best of Wine Tourism Awards” – Innovative Wine Experiences
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR - 2023 Langhorne Creek Wine Show
GLOBAL WINNER - 2023 Global Best of Wine Tourism Awards – Adelaide, SA | Grapes for Good
WINNER - 2023 SA Great Wine Capitals “Best of Wine Tourism Awards - Tourism Collaboration Excellence | Grapes for Good
HIGHLY COMMENDED - 2022 Australian Tourism Awards - Tourism Wineries
5 STAR WINERY AWARD - 2023 Halliday Wine Companion
FINALIST - 2023 Halliday Wine Companion Awards: Dark Horse Winery
FINALIST - 2022 Best of Wine Tourism Awards – Innovative Wine Experiences
GOLD AWARD WINNER - 2022 South Australia Tourism Awards - Best Winery, Brewery, Distillery
FINALIST - 2022 SALIFE Absolute Best Awards – Absolute Best Family Day Out
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR - 2022 Langhorne Creek Wine Show
SILVER AWARD WINNER - 2021 South Australian Tourism Awards – Best Winery, Brewery, Distillery.
STAR CELLAR DOOR LANGHORNE CREEK - 2021 Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine
WINNER - 2020 SA Great Wine Capitals “Best of Wine Tourism Awards” – Architecture and Landscape in South Australia
A Bright Future Ahead
Kimbolton Wines has undoubtedly created something extraordinary. Their commitment to sustainability, family-friendly experiences, and conservation, all while producing award-winning wines, is truly remarkable. Here's to the next five years of exceptional wine, breathtaking views, and memorable experiences at Kimbolton Wines. Cheers to the journey and the incredible milestones achieved!
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There’s something very special about Kimbolton Wine’s Cabernet Sauvignon – it’s saving the cheetah from extinction.
This wine's success story began in November 2020 when Kimbolton Wines joined forces with Monarto Safari Park to raise crucial funds for cheetah conservation efforts. The driving force behind this partnership was Kimbolton's Director, Nicole, and her family's unwavering love for animals. As long time Zoos SA members, they had the pleasure of unlimited entry to the park and were eager to give back to the wildlife they adored.
Nicole approached Monarto Safari Park's Director, Peter Clark, with her unique concept of combining wine and conservation efforts. He was immediately drawn to the idea and the partnership was born. The collaboration launched with the release of the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon in April 2021, which was met with overwhelming success. In fact, the collaboration was so successful that it moved on to the 2019 vintage, which is now almost sold out. To date, this partnership has raised an impressive $35,000 for cheetah conservation.
The triumph of this collaboration inspired an even larger initiative to support wildlife. In 2021, five other Langhorne Creek wineries joined Kimbolton Wines to expand the Grapes for Good collaborative conservation project. This project is a true testament to the power of innovative partnerships and the incredible impact that can be made when people come together for a worthy cause.
Each winery supports an animal found at Monarto Safari Park with one of its wines. You can sample and collect a bottle of each of the wines by following the self-drive Grapes for Good Tasting Trail. It’s a full day itinerary packed with wine tasting paired with six unique and delicious dishes – one at each stop along the trail.
On your stop at the Kimbolton Wines cellar door, guests can sit back and raise a glass of Fiano, knowing every sip is doing good. It also tastes especially good when paired with our matching dish – the Divine Dairy organic triple cream baked brie!
Grapes for Good is now receiving national and international recognition, winning the Tourism Collaboration Excellence Award at the SA Best of Wine Tourism Awards in 2022, and a global win at the 2023 International Best of Wine Tourism Awards.
We’re delighted to see the success our initiative is receiving – not only in terms of recognition, but also in the much-needed funds raised for conservation – and, of course, the success of the Monarto Safari Park’s cheetah breeding program!
Excitingly, Monarto Safari Park welcomed the arrival of three cheetah cubs this year – and we’re thrilled to continue supporting their incredible efforts to secure the species’ future.
So, the next time you visit us, pick up a bottle of our Grapes for Good wines, knowing that every sip will be doing good for our precious wildlife.
South Australian media personality Rebecca (Bec) Morse is a much-loved, revered and respected powerhouse when it comes to the fashion, lifestyle, travel and wine scene in our State.
The successful entrepreneur, radio host, occasional TV presenter, magazine contributor and busy mother of three can regularly be seen out enjoying our great State on the weekends – and while her family home is in our beautiful capital city of Adelaide, she does enjoy the occasional visit to our magnificent regions – Langhorne Creek being one such destination.
During May, we were lucky enough to host Bec and her 20-year-old daughter Grace here at Kimbolton, and treated them to some of our favourite cellar door experiences – and were pleasantly surprised at just how much they loved it!
“I think the Langhorne Creek wine region is a bit of a hidden secret in SA and well worth the 50-minute drive from Adelaide. And this place, Kimbolton is just magnificent and so different to all of the other wineries I’ve visited before,” says Bec.
“Grace and I were so impressed by the different vantage points of the beautiful vineyard – the design of this place gives you so many different places to view the winery from.
“When we arrived, we immediately drawn to the rooftop, which gave us a bird’s eye view of the area and sees you sitting in the canopy of the beautiful big gum trees. From here, we headed downstairs where we took a seat with our drinks, looking out through the large open windows to the vines. The set-up of the Kimbolton Cellar Door gives you so many options of where to sit and enjoy the beautiful surroundings, and it had us wondering who we can bring along next time we visit in winter.”
A visit to Kimbolton in winter is a great time to deepen your wine knowledge, enjoy different varieties and even take a stroll through the vineyards. While the vines are freshly trimmed off the back of a big vintage, the beauty of the vine regrowth, against a winter backdrop is quite stunning.
To get the best appreciation of our range, Bec and daughter Grace took the journey of discovery with our Wine and Cheese flight. Matching our wine with four local artisan cheeses, they took the time to smell and taste the wine, taking on board our recommendations to understand the flavour profiles a little more.
“We learned a lot from the Wine and Cheese flight. The Kimbolton team presented it beautifully and explained everything to us without it being an overwhelming or intimidating experience. Grace and I love our wine, but we’re certainly no connoisseurs, so this was an excellent way of helping us to narrow down our favourites,” says Bec.
A keen rosé drinker, the Kimbolton Montepulciano Rosé is an easy favourite for Bec, one which she pulls out when catching up with friends, or a casual dinner at home (she even popped a bottle open recently as her first tipple, following a three-week hiatus from alcohol - an incredibly worthy project she supported for charity).
“The rosé continues to be on high rotation at home, it’s the perfect go-to wine. I’m happy to drink this one during the warmer and cooler months, and I’ve been getting my friends on to it as well.”
Another favourite was Kimbolton’s new rosé spritz in a can, which has fast become the drink of choice for Grace (20-year-old) and her girlfriends. Launched last summer, the spritz continues to gain popularity as a convenient and portable option for something with a refreshing bit of fizz (with the added bonus of a lower carbon footprint for the environmentally conscious drinker).
“While I still love my bottled wine, I also loved the Rose Spritz from Kimbolton too, and this was certainly a favourite for Grace (and now she’s introduced to her friends as well).”
The other brilliant experience Bec loved from our Kimbolton Cellar Door experience was the vegetarian cheese platter.
“Sometimes it’s hard to find vegetarian-friendly platters and grazing plates - but this one was completely unexpected, delicious and honestly one of the best I’ve ever had! The staff talked me through everything on the platter, so it was like a local history lesson in wholesome local produce,” says Bec.
"It has a casual, family-friendly vibe, they even do a kid’s flavoured milk tasting flight!”
Speaking of little surprises from the Kimbolton team, we also served up Bec and Grace with our famous affogato.
“Have the affogato! It was the perfect ending to our visit,” says Bec.
This coffee-based treat, which literally drowns ice cream with a hot shot of espresso, is a delicious combination of warm and cold. Or if you’re a tawny lover, then ask the team to swap out the coffee for some of our delicious ‘Thelma’ – a 15-year-old rare tawny named in honour of our Nanna, who was partial to a tipple or two of fortified.
“The Kimbolton Wines Cellar Door was that pleasant surprise that I wish I’d know about sooner. The place, the wine, the views, the people, the produce – it was such a special day to experience with my daughter.”
“I also love the fact that it’s a South Australian family owned and run business, and so close to Adelaide. Nicole (the owner) was so warm and welcoming. We can’t wait to come back and restock!”
The accolades just keep coming for Kimbolton Wines. This time, taking out a whopping FOUR trophies at the 2023 Langhorne Creek Wine Show.
What made the wins even more special is that we were up against some of the best wine in Australia coming out of the ‘Creek this year, plus a record number of entries. The show judged 225 entries from 32 exhibiting wineries, with 137 medals awarded – that’s a lot of wine to taste!!
The 2020 The Rifleman Cabernet Sauvignon was our first to be recognised, taking out the Best Cabernet Sauvignon category. We think this one is a classic Langhorne Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, flaunting opulence with rich red and black fruits and hints of chocolate.
Next was the 2022 Montepulciano, winning the Best Red or White Wine Made From Alternative or Other Variety. We think this medium-bodied drop reveals the lifted aromas of violets, red fruits and hints of spice and vanilla oak. This same bottle also took out the inaugural Chair of Judges gold medal – so we expect it’s going to become quite popular this winter.
To top off the event, we took home Langhorne Creek’s 2023 Producer of the Year title, which is reiterates the quality team and wines here at Kimbolton. This particular award is presented to the winery with the highest total of points calculated from its three highest-pointed wines from across the sparkling, white or rose and red wine classes.
Our co-owners Nicole Clark and brother Brad Case are thrilled with the awards haul; recognition of their hard work and innovative outlook.
“Being recognised among our peers and up against arguably some Australia’s best wineries, is truly humbling,” Nicole said.
“We’ve worked exceptionally hard over the last few years to adapt to changing markets, conditions, tastes and styles, and what we have now is a brilliant range of diverse – and now award-winning wines - coming out of Kimbolton.
“We’ve always known our Cab Sauv was one of the best in SA, but to add our Montepulciano varietal in the mix as well is icing on the cake. Both are drinking beautifully now and should definitely be added to your winter wine rack.
“As a small family-owned and run winery, we were also really proud to win the Producer of the Year award as well – showing that great things can come in small packages. Now, we look forward to continuing to advocate for wine, wine experiences and the Langhorne Creek region on a global stage.”
The awards ceremony was a huge event, with more than 200 grape growers, winemakers, suppliers and winery staff all coming together to celebrate the very best of Langhorne Creek wines. This year was hosted by Lake Breeze, who put on a fabulous lunch and encouraged everyone to kick up their heels and celebrate the end of vintage.
Judges were Sue Bell (Chair of judges), Pablo Theodoros from the Stanley Bridge Tavern and Riley Harrison from Harrison Wines. They were ably supported by associate judges Merrick Watts, Brett Smith and Tyler Follett.
So, make sure you take the time this winter to visit us and taste first-hand our award-winning wines.
Looking for a unique way to spoil the kids while you take a moment to indulge?
When we established our cellar door, being family friendly was at the top of our list. With kids of our own, we know it can be hard to find wine experiences that cater for little ones. So, we introduced the kids’ tasting flight to give our small connoisseurs their own indulgence. Now, as we head into the colder months, we’re mixing it up with a sweet seasonal twist.
Our latest flight includes not one but three flavoured milks, paired with fluffy marshmallows, Perryman’s Gingerbread babies and a Barossa Valley Chocolate Tommy Turtle. We also cater to dietary needs, with gluten and dairy free options available on request.
And to keep little hands and minds busy while they nibble and sip, each kids’ flight comes with a packet of Kimbolton colouring pencils, an activity book and their very own bubbles.
We love seeing the way this brings families together. Many head to the cellar door for a wine flight or tasting, or just relax with a glass of their favourite wine and one of our gourmet local produce platters. The Family Experience gives the adults plenty of time to chat, relax and enjoy a wine and cheese flight of their own, while the young ones have fun as well.
Out on the lawns, our selection of outdoor games is always a winner – although we do find some of the adults get more competitive than the kids! There’s plenty of space outside to spread out with a pallet picnic under the beautiful gums, overlooking the stunning autumn colours in the vineyard.
Book your visit today and discover the perfect balance between wine indulgence and family fun!
We were fortunate to have Cassie Hough of ABC 891 radio present Country Hour live from our cellar door on Friday, 5 May.
The hour-long recording of this segment is now available for listening. In it, you'll get to hear Cassie chat with Nicole as well as some familiar voices about this year's vintage including Greg Follett of Lake Breeze, the Grapes for Good initiative, Langhorne Creek Wine Region's Cellar Treasures, the recent Tasting Australia event at Rio Vista Olives in Mypolonga, Newman's Horseradish, and more.
Listen to it here.
SA’s Grapes for Good named International Winner!
A South Australian wine tourism experience has won global recognition at the prestigious 2023 Best of Wine Tourism Awards in Argentina.
Grapes For Good, which uses South Australian wine to highlight the plight of endangered animals while enticing tourists to visit multiple wineries across the region, has been recognised as a 2023 Best of Wine Tourism global winner.
The project began when Langhorne Creek based Kimbolton Wines joined forces with Zoos SA in 2021 with a cabernet sauvignon raising funds for cheetah conservation. It has since grown into a partnership with six Langhorne Creek wineries: Bleasdale, Bremerton, Lake Breeze, The Winehouse, and Vineyard Road, as well as Kimbolton Wines.
Each winery donates part proceeds of a limited-edition wine to conservation work for a different threatened species through Zoos SA. Artwork on the bottles features the threatened species supported by each wine, including the Ring-tailed Lemur, the Plains Zebra, and the giraffe.
The six wineries have formed a trail, encouraging visitors to experience all of the Langhorne Creek wineries along the way – helping multiply conservation efforts, as well as driving increased tourism and expenditure.
The 2023 Best of Wine Tourism Awards were presented at a gala dinner in Mendoza, Argentina on Thursday 3 November 2022 Great Wine Capitals Annual Meeting and Conference.
The Best of Wine Tourism Awards celebrate innovation and excellence in wine tourism and provide an opportunity to gain exposure and recognition for the wine tourism businesses’ commitment to providing leading wine tourism experiences.
South Australia is a member of the elite Great Wine Capitals Global Network, which acknowledges excellence in grape and wine production and highlights the world's finest wine tourism regions. It formally recognises South Australia as one of the top wine producers and wine destinations in the world and benchmarks against prestigious regions such as Bordeaux and the Napa Valley.
2 November 2022
Wine innovators Kimbolton release Rose Spritz in can, first for Langhorne Creek
The Kimbolton Wines team has done it again – launching an innovative new product to put their Langhorne Creek wine in front of an even bigger crowd this summer.
The family-owned and run Kimbolton Wines has been leading innovation in Langhorne Creek’s wine region since opening its award-winning cellar door in 2018. So it’s no surprise that the forward-thinking minds behind the wine are also now the first in Langhorne Creek to shake up the industry, launching their new Rosé Spritz in a can.
Even better, the new spritz cans have been released just in time to become the ‘go-to’ summer drink.
The conveniently-canned and refreshingly delicious Kimbolton Rosé Spritz is the brain-child of Nicole Clark, one half of the brother and sister owned winery and cellar door operation. After seeing how popular both Kimbolton’s Montepulciano Rose and Bella Monte Sparkling bottles had become among the younger wine market, Nicole reinvented the concept with a little bit of extra fun and fizz.
“With South Australians getting back out again this summer, enjoying being social and exploring new tastes, the timing is really perfect for a product like our Rosé Spritz cans to launch in the market,” Nicole says.
“People already love our signature rosé, and our Bella Monte sparkling sells out every year – so we knew a product in this style would be popular, especially amongst those wine drinkers always looking to approach new styles.
“What we’ve created is a more convenient and conscious style of drink, but without compromising on the quality taste we’re known for.
“The wine offers a delicate and lightly spritzed rosé with the hallmarks of a Carignan varietal and notes of red berry and raspberry flavours. The crisp and light finish makes it perfect to enjoy right now as the weather warms up.”
In creating the new style of wine, Nicole and Brad have paid particular attention to ensuring the spritz cans deliver the same level of quality people have come to know and love from the Kimbolton range – and the result is sure to be another clear hit. Just ask Goolwa beachfront institution Kuti Shack, one of the many local restaurants to have added it to their wine list.
Nicole also made the point that the canned drinking options offered a more environmentally friendly option for conscious drinkers, with the transport and recycling of wine cans less intensive than bottles.
“It will be perfect for picnics, days at the beach, groups on the go, or even as an option to drink at home when you’re not ready to pop a whole bottle of bubbles,” Nicole says.
It isn’t the first time this award-winning Langhorne Creek wine family has ventured outside of wine tradition though, after building their cellar door completely from shipping containers. This stand-out space has gone on to win accolades in the wine, architecture and tourism industries.
Following on from this, Nicole launched the increasingly popular monthly ‘Beats and Eats’ calendar from the Kimbolton cellar door – hosting monthly food and music events from their spectacular site and supporting South Australian food suppliers and musicians in the process.
Kimbolton then went on to lead a collaborative conservation project with four neighboring Langhorne Creek wineries and Monarto Safari Park – creating the ‘Grapes for Good’ wine trail, which has just been named winner of the Tourism Collaboration Excellence category in the Great Wine Capitals, Best of Wine Tourism Awards.
To taste Kimbolton’s new Rose Spritz, you can purchase cans from their cellar door in Langhorne Creek, or buy online now at kimboltonwines.com.au.
He’s raised you right, so do the right thing by your Dad this Father’s Day and choose a gift that will really make his day.
Forget jocks and socks – we’ve pulled together a selection of goodies and experiences to spoil all kinds of Dads.
If you want the best for your dad, The Rifleman Father’s Day Gift Box delivers the perfect mix of premium wines and treats – and it’s delivered to your door freight-free. The Rifleman Cabernet Sauvignon is one of our most sought-after reds, and given we only make it in exceptional vintages, it makes the ideal gift for a special Dad. Packed with tasty mettwurst, nuts and chutney, we know this one will be hit, so order fast (and enjoy free shipping!).
We want to make sure your package arrives in time, so make sure to order by 30 August for South Australian deliveries, and 25 August for the rest of Australia.
Want to give Dad a unique experience? Grab a gift voucher for one of our unique wine tasting sessions that he can enjoy any time.
Show Dad how much he means and spend Father’s Day with us! Our cellar door is perfectly situated right in the heart of the vineyard, surround by lush lawns and shady trees, so it’s the ideal spot for a relaxing and indulgent wine experience.
Discover the Kimbolton range in a Seated Tasting. Dad can choose from four options including reds and whites, Mediterranean varietals, all reds or The Rifleman premium range. Expand the experience and treat his tastebuds with our signature Wine and Cheese Flight – four of our best wines paired with delicious artisan cheeses. While Dad enjoys the experience in peace, the kids can indulge in their own Kids’ Flight, with tasty Bickfords cordials paired with snacks and a colouring activity pack.
Planning to join us? Book your table here.
The bad news is that summer has said its final farewell. BUT, the best thing about summer ending, is that autumn begins, which might just be the perfect season for wineries… and we’re spoilt for choice here in South Australia.
So if you’re in the mood for a food and wine journey through one of the country’s oldest wine regions, then skip the line-ups amongst some of the bigger regions and come spend a day with us in the Langhorne Creek Wine Region. READ MORE
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