Old revived into new
Known for its rolling hills, rows of vines and Riesling, Mr Mick is just one of the gems found in the Clare Valley. The once landmark winery, Leasingham, has been given a new lease on life and now operates as the beautiful Mr Mick’s Cellar Door and Kitchen, perfectly positioned on the edge of the Clare township.
Mr Mick’s Cellar Door offers a range of Mr Mick wines for tasting; Riesling, Rosé, Tempranillo and Shiraz to just name a few; all available for a take-home purchase or to share with lunch. The tapas making its way out of Mr Mick’s Kitchen, made of seasonally fresh produce, is designed to capture the flavours of the region and of course the wine.
Just a few steps from the cellar door, filled with texture and colour, the Mr Mick art gallery awaits to be explored.
There’s more to the story
Back in 1975 a young Tim Adams found himself at Leasingham winery as an apprentice to one of Australia’s wine industry greats, the late Karl Hubert Knappstein, aka Mr Mick. After years of hard work learning the craft of winemaking and then building the Tim Adams Wines brand, Tim and wife Pam Goldsack saw the opportunity to expand their product range with the introduction of a new brand, Mr Mick, in honour of Tim’s mentor and friend. In 2011, this new brand saw Tim and Pam buy the Leasingham winery, minus the Leasingham name, from Constellation Wines Australia. Returning to his first ‘stomping’ ground, Tim and Pam become the first private owners of the jam factory turned winery since the Knappstein family sold it to H.J Heinz in 1971.
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