Pontifex Wines

South Australia | Barossa Valley

Our Review

Sam Clarke is the son of David and Cheryl Clarke, founders of Thorn-Clarke Wines, a leading Barossa Valley winery (see separate entry). Thus it was easy for the family to meet Sam and wife Helen's wish to buy a 6ha slice of shiraz planted in 1991. For good measure, Peter Kelly (Thorn-Clarke's winemaker) is the winemaker for the venture. After 6 years, Pontifex (as the new venture was named on its birth in 2011) planted a hectare of mourvèdre and grenache on the rich Bay of Biscay soils of the Krondorf district. They also purchase old-vine grenache. Exports to China. -JAMES HALLIDAY


Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre


Winemaker Peter Kelly
Region Barossa Valley
Address PO Box 161, Tanunda, SA 5352
Established 2011
Dozens 2000
Vineyards (area) 7 ha
Opening Hours Not
Telephone 0418 811 066
Website www.pontifexwines.com.au