In 1996 the Shirvington Family, purchased 16 hectares of prime land in Willunga, South Australia. After extensive researching and touring of Australia's major wine regions, this area was chosen for its ability to consistently produce outstanding table wines of great character and quality. Willunga is just south of McLaren Vale on the Fleurieu Peninsula, an area internationally renowned for its red wine, in particular Shiraz.
Working closely with a viticulturist and winemakers, the quality of fruit was such that the first commercial release, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon, was awarded Wine of the Year at the prestigious McLaren Vale Wine Show. This wine, coupled with the 2001 Shiraz, was the first to be selected by Dan Philips of The Grateful Palate, for distribution in the United States.