Sevenhill Cellars was the first winery to be established in the Clare Valley, In 1851 a small number of Austrian immigrants purchased 100 acres of land, naming it Sevenhills after the seven hills of Rome. The first grapes grown by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in the community provided sacremental wine and began a long tradition of winemaking. Sevenhills is the only remaining Jesuit-owned winery in Australia the wines supports their Missions charitable work.

The underground cellar was excavated by hand and the winery constructed from the slate stone quarried from nearby, which is also used to build other notable landmarks - St Aloysius’ Church and the College.


Sevenhills 72ha of vineyards are planted with 20 grape varieties, the average age of the vines is 75 years. The altitude of 400m ensures cool nights during the hot summer months, critical to the rich and concentrated ripening of the fruit. With a committment to low yields Sevenhill is highly regarded for its premium wines and the regional qualities that have put the Clare Valley on the world stage.

There have been seven Jesuit winemakers at Sevenhill, the most recent of whom is Brother John May who still works closely with the current winemaking team. Due to the shortage of Jesuits, the winery had to advertise for its first lay winemaker and Liz Heidenreich became the first non Jesuit winemaker in 2006 She is also the first professionally trained winemaker at Sevenhill, a nice counterpoint to Brother May, now in his 80s, being one of the longest serving untrained winemakers in the land. Liz has also been winemaker for Sir Cliff Richard and his Vida Nova wine label in Portugal, joking "I tell people one of my bosses is the Pope and the other is Cliff Richard."

Sevenhill Cellars:

The Ingio range honours St Ignatius, the Jesuits’ founder and features estate grown single varietals. The newly designed label's deep grey colour was chosen to connect with the widely seen local slate - used not just as building materials but for the unique, and irreplaceable, slate vats and fermenters that are perfect for controlling the temperature during the winemaking.

Riesling - a typical cool climate style with just 2gm residual sugar: highly aromatic orange and honey blossom is followed by a crisp palate of citrus and grapefruit and a fine lime finish.

Verdelho - a bright and expressive wine made from riper than usual grapes; its long slow fermentation draws out the floral aromas and stone fruit flavours in a wine that has balance and weight. Vibrant when young, it will gain complexity with short term ageing.

Barbera - low cropping (70% of the young bunches are discarded) and with higher tannins than the softer Italian style; a very distinct highly aromatic bouquet of sweet spices with varietal herbal notes - sage, cinnamon, nutmeg - blackberries and ripe, red berry fruits are evident on the nose balanced by soft, natural tannins.

Shiraz - plots of Sevenhill’s Shiraz vines are 170 years old, dating from pre-phylloxera and some of the oldest in Australia (the youngest used here are 35); as expected the wine is wonderfully concentrated having plenty of ripe fruit with smooth tannins and spice.

Cabernet - a variety regarded by many as Clare Valley’s best red, Sevenhill’s grapes come from loamy north facing slopes and are matured in French oak for 18 months; prominent red berry fruits with hints of violets and a palate that blends spice with well rounded tannins.

St Ignatius - an elegant, classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (58%), Merlot (22%), Malbec (10%) and Cabernet Franc (10%) made from premium fruit and aged in old and new French oak. Dense, dark berry flavours and concentrated spicy fruits with a hint of oak and tannins that will soften over its 7-10 years keeping potential.

Brother John May Shiraz - Br John May, Jesuit Winemaker, has had a distinguished winemaking career for more than 50 years. John has personally selected this Shiraz as being the finest red wine made at Sevenhill from the 2009 Vintage. An expression of estategrown old vines and winemaking with minimal intervention, including fermentation in open slate vats and basket pressing, this wine exudes power and grace, the best of Clare Valley Shiraz.

Code / Product / Vintage:

White Wine
1704 Inigo Riesling 2013 Screw cap
1705 Inigo Verdelho 2012 Screw cap

Red Wine
1709 Inigo Barbera 2010 Screw cap
1711 Inigo Shiraz 2010 Screw cap
1710 Inigo Cabernet 2010 Screw cap
1713 St Ignatius 2010 Screw cap
1712 Brother John May - Reserve Shiraz 2009 Screw cap



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