Wakefield understand the importance of protecting, preserving and enhancing the quality of the fruit from their vineyards. Aiming to achieve balance, elegance and finesse in every wine and somewhat uniquely when it comes to the style of the wines, often seeking to make wines that are at once both powerful and elegant. The Wakefield philosophy rests on the principle that the finest wines are those made with the greatest dedication and care. Above all is to ‘respect the fruit’.
When Bill Taylor Sr. and his sons acquired a promising block of land in the Clare Valley in 1969, they did so with the singular hope of creating a wine of the finest quality. Not only did they achieve this dream, they founded a winemaking philosophy that continues to resonate through the wines today.
Inspired by the great producers of Bordeaux, and with a vision to craft wines that rival the best in the world, the Taylor family begin an exploration across the wine regions of Australia to find the perfect plot of land on which to establish their family estate. On July 20, 1969, their quest brought them to a site by the Wakefield River in South Australia’s Clare Valley. And on the same day that Neil Armstrong takes man’s first steps onto the moon, Bill Taylor takes his first steps on the soil that will eventually become the family estate.
The picturesque Clare Valley’s winemaking history spans more than 150 years, making it one of Australia’s oldest wine-producing regions. It has also been described as one of the prettiest in Australia with rolling hills and sweeping gullies. The unique combination of geography, geology and climate results in terroir that is perfect for producing world-class wine.
The Clare Valley has some of the world’s oldest and varied soils, dating 640m+ years old. There are 11 different soil types but the predominate is Terra Rossa (red loam over limestone).
Wakefield has proudly remained family-owned and operated since its founding. Today, the third generation, led by Mitchell, Justin and Clinton, are actively involved in the day-to-day operations. Strong family’s values shape every aspect of the business, from their sustainable land management practices to how the Taylor’s engage with and define the leadership of the Australian wine industry.
Adam Eggins, Chief Winemaker: Adam’s innovative approach and renowned skill & expertise in the craft of winemaking consistently earns critical acclaim for the wines produced at Wakefield.
Chad Bowman, Winemaker: A true local, Chad was born and bred in the Clare Valley, and growing up surrounded by his family’s vineyards, you could say wine is definitely in his blood.