Australia – Hollick
Hollick Wines is a small, family owned and operated winery located in the famous terra rossa soils of Coonawarra, roughly midway between Adelaide and Melbourne on South Australia’s Limestone Coast. Hollick is a true family business, currently transferring operations from entrepreneurial founders Ian and Wendy to passionate daughters Mel and Kate.
Coonawarra itself is a tiny 15km by 1.5km strip of terra rossa, an iron-rich red and crumbly dirt, distinct from the surrounding soils, and it just so happens to be perfect for growing fruit. As far back as 1891, a visionary fellow named John Riddoch recognized the quality of these soils and began planting grapes here. In short time he was producing a tidy little red table wine that, thanks to the unique soil and cool climate, was markedly distinct from other Australian reds.
Fast forward to 1974, when similarly intrepid Ian and Wendy Hollick acquired a patch of Coonawarra previously home to a tannery and a dairy, and began planting Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling vines on site. They sold this fruit to local winemakers until 1983, when they made the decision to try their hand at producing their own label from their crop. A good decision indeed.
In 1985, Hollick’s Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon took home the Jimmy Watson Trophy for the best red wine in Australia. Since winning the highest honour in Australian wine, Hollick hasn’t looked back, acquiring the Wilgha Vineyard in Coonawarra, and later, property in Wrattonbully, a small area north of Coonawara that shares a similar terra-rosa-over-limestone terroir.
Much of the fruit grown in Coonawarra gets blended into wines from other regions, which is why it is so special to drink Hollick wines and experience the unique terroir of Coonawarra in its purity.