Woodvale’s quest is not to invent the wheel but to impress its own mark on what the Clare Valley already does so well.
The Clare Valley has a rich grapegrowing and winemaking history going back to the 1840’s, a history that has been celebrated and passed down over many generations.
Having been born in Clare, Kevin Mitchell’s own local farming and horticultural ancestry goes back to the 1850’s with his family’s winemaking and viticultural history extending back to the 1960’s.
Kevin purchased the picturesque Woodvale Property in Penwortham’s Skilly Valley with Kathleen Bourne in 2004 with a view to plant vineyard and produce their own label.
Woodvale Vintners is the product of Kevin’s continual striving for perfection. Never resting on his laurels, Kevin’s close attention to the smallest detail from the vineyard through to the finished packaged product is borne out by the 2018 Halliday Wine Companion accolade as one of Australia’s Top Ten New Wineries after achieving 5 stars on it’s debut review.
After planting 5 acres of Pinot Gris and 5 acres of Riesling, in 2006, they nurtured the vines with the aid of Kevin’s father Mort Mitchell. Procuring fruit from good mates and using their own grapes, they began production in 2014. The focus is on small batches of Clare Valley’s most esteemed varieties, Riesling and Shiraz. Further choice is provided through Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Gris, Semillon and Mataro. Thus a fine stable of pedigree wines is available to please all tastes.