Established in 1983, Hollick Estates is a boutique winery located on the famed terra rossa soils of Coonawarra, in the Limestone Coast Wine Zone of South Australia. Driven by quality and a hands-on approach, all Hollick Estates wines are crafted from premium estate-grown fruit.
Coonawarra is renowned as one of Australia’s finest wine regions and is particularly known for producing world class red wines, especially Cabernet Sauvignon. The rich red terra rossa soils over limestone, pure underground water and a long cool ripening season for the grapes produce wines of elegance and longevity.
Hollick Estates wines are made from three core vineyards; “Neilson’s Block”, planted by Ian and Wendy Hollick in 1975, the nearby “Wilgha” vineyard” purchased in 1987 and the “Red Ridge” vineyard in Wrattonbully developed in 1998, giving Hollick Estates over 85 hectares of vineyard in total. Eighty percent is planted to red varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Tempranillo and Barbera. The balance of the vineyards is planted with the white varieties Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc.
The original slab cottage located on Neilson’s Block was restored and opened as the first Hollick Estates Cellar Door. This historic building remains at the entrance to Hollick Estates today. The heritage listed cottage dating back to the 1860’s was the reputed birthplace of famous lyric poet John Shaw Neilson. Cellar Door sales were carried out in the cottage until 2002 when a new cellar door sales area and restaurant (Upstairs at Hollick) were built to fulfil the demand for a winery restaurant in Coonawarra. The integration of old and new has been outstandingly successful making Hollick Estates a ‘must see’ in Coonawarra.
The Hollick Estate’s cellar door oozes charm, the charming stone cottage leads the way toward the tasting room and restaurant where a wall of windows overlooks vines. An extensive selection of Hollick Estates wines are available for sale and tasting at all times including wines of limited availability.
Upstairs at Hollick is our modern restaurant which has panoramic views across the Coonawarra vineyards and a peek into our barrel shed, where you can watch the winemaking process. It’s a stylish, warm and inviting restaurant made to be enjoyed with friends and family whilst you savour our constantly changing vista across the vineyards. We’re proud of our wines, and we are passionate about enjoying them with great food, family, fabulous friends and inspiring views.
In April 2014 the Hollick family announced that Chinese group Hong Kong Yingda Investment Co. Ltd had made a major investment in their business. On the ground, it’s business as usual continuing the Hollick family legacy. We are still enjoying sharing fantastic food from our Upstairs at Hollick whilst enjoying a glass of Hollick Estates wine!
In 2017 we opened the original family home as a new Coonawarra bed and breakfast. Hollick House is an ideal place to stay, located a few minutes’ drive from the township of Penola, yet offering the peace and quiet of a rural getaway. Easily accommodating 8 guests, through 3 queen sized rooms and 1 twin room, Hollick House is a great place to spend time with friends and family. It has also created the perfect base from where you can explore the Limestone Coast tourism region.