Minko is a 160 hectare property on Woodcone Road, Mt. Compass which is in the Southern Fleurieu Wine Geographical Index. Situated 250-300 metres above sea level, Minko receives similar daylight hours to the Adelaide Hills ideal for growing cool climate varieties. 10 hectares of vines were planted in 1997 using the “smart dyson” trellising for the merlot and Vertical Shoot Positioning (V.S.P) for the rest. Vintage is usually from the end of March to early May. Olive trees and natives line the vineyards for wind protection.
The glacial sands over ironstone and the cool maritime climate both contribute to the flavour of our wine.
Minko has an ethos of caring for the environment. Along with biodynamic viticultural practice, we value our olive and native windbreaks, our heritage listed scrub, the wetlands we have created along the Nangkita and Tookiyerta Creeks, and the horses and cattle which help control the weeds in the vineyard.
Since 2003 our red wines have been made at Hawkers Gate in McLaren Vale, a boutique winery owned by James Hastwell. Hawkers’s Gate specializes in meticulous handling of small parcels of fruit. James Hastwell’s scientific approach to wine making ensures that the fruit reaches its full potential.
Connect to Hawkers Gate for more about James’s Winemaking techniques.
Our white wines are made by Linda Domas who has a reputation for handcrafting wines of quality and individuality
The Southern Feleurieu
The Southern Fleurieu Wine Region is relatively new with a growing number of boutique wines. Many of them collaborate with wineries in the Currency Creek Wine Region for festivals and events.
The Cellar Door
Our cellar door is conveniently located in the main street of Willunga. You can now add us to the list of great things to see and do in Willunga, including the Farmers Market every Saturday morning and Russell’s Pizza Restaurant (which is famous for being open only on Friday nights!)
As we wish our customers to enjoy our handcrafted wines without cork taint, we use stelvin closures for all our table wines including reds. We recommend the publication, "Screwed for Good - the case for screw caps on red wines" by Tyson Stelzer, published by Wine Press, for further reading about why we believe this is a good decision. We also use Zork closures for our Sparklings which have the added benefit of being resealable.
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