South Australia | McLaren Vale | Kuarna Land

Our Review

Inkwell was born in ’03 when Dudley Brown moved to Australia from California and bought a rundown vineyard on the serendipitously named California Road. He inherited 5ha of neglected shiraz, and planted an additional 7ha to viognier (2.5ha), primitivo (2.5ha) and heritage shiraz clones (2ha). The 5-year restoration of the old vines and establishment of the new reads like the ultimate handbook for aspiring vignerons. Dr. Irina Santiago-Brown has since joined Dudley at Inkwell as chief winemaker, viticulturist and life partner; she is an advocate for sustainable viticulture, with the world’s first PhD in the subject. -JAMES HALLIDAY


Winemaker Dr. Irina Santiago-Brown
Viticulturalist Dr. Irina Santiago-Brown
Traditional Place Name Kuarna Land
Region McLaren Vale
Address 377 California Road, Tatachilla, SA 5171
Established 2003
Dozens 5000
Vineyards (area) 12 ha
Opening Hours Tues–Sun 12–5
Telephone 0468 883 776