Chris Thomas, Chief Winemaker and Managing Director of Dowie Doole located in McLaren Vale, is a cousin of Amanda and Karl Jarvis who have two children at St Johns in Year 11 and Year 7.
Dowie Doole wines capture the essence of the vineyards in which they were grown and the vintage in which they have been produced - and in the case of the single vineyard wines - an expression of each vineyards individuality.
Like our founders we believe that what makes DOWIE DOOLE special is the unique terroirs, the land and environment that grows wine-grapes of world class quality from which we craft our wines. We also had a vision to be 100% estate grown, being in control of every berry from the ground up. In order to do this, we needed to expand our estate. So, since 2015 we have purchased a further 35 hectares of vineyard at Tatachilla neighboring founder Norm Doole’s Cali Rd vineyard. This new vineyard adding 10 hectares of old vine grenache, planted in 1965 to the estate. The vineyard’s Rock Paddock block also gifted with some of McLaren Vale’s oldest and rarest geology, being 650M years old.
Then in 2018 the vineyard neighbouring founder Drew Dowie’s Tintookie vineyard at Blewitt Springs was acquired, adding a further 29 hectares of vineyard to the estate. Allowing us to maintain a balance of terroirs between the more Mediterranean climate of Tatachilla, and cool sandy slopes of Blewitt Springs.
As part of this new era for DOWIE DOOLE a vision for the DOWIE DOOLE Tasting Pod emerged. To deliver an immersive wine experience that demonstrates the best of Australian lifestyle, of Australian Wine and everything it has to offer. A tasting room to proudly showcase the world class quality of Australian Wine, McLaren Vale, and DOWIE DOOLE’s unique terroirs, to visitors from Australia and all over the world. The Tasting Pod proudly opened by His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia on the 18th of November 2019.