The Artwine Team
Judy & Glen Kelly
Glen oversees the management of the vineyards and the financial side of the business while Judy manages the Sales & Marketing of the wine brand and the vineyard accommodation.
In 2002 after selling his Barossa vineyard, Glen purchased a large vineyard and beautiful property in the stunning Clare Valley. Inspired by the lighter style European varieties and recognizing that these are so well suited to the Clare Valley climate, he planted Tempranillo, Pinot Gris, Viognier and Graciano to add to the existing classic Clare varieties already planted, of Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache (approx 100 year old bush vines), Cabernet Franc and Riesling. The most recent addition to our vine family is the Italian variety Fiano which produced its first award winning vintage in 2012 with Montepulciano also planted in 2012.
Enter Judy… we then purchased a second vineyard with stunning views on the other side of the Valley which also encompasses our self contained vineyard accommodation, ArtWine Cottages. The vineyard is planted to Riesling, Cabernet & Shiraz and we have since grafted some vines to Tempranillo.
Having previously sold our fruit to major award winning wine producers it was in 2008 when we took the leap and launched our ArtWine label. More recently we have purchased a vineyard in the scenic slightly cooler climate of Woodside in the Adelaide Hills. Currently planted to Pinot Noir and Merlot with Prosecco planted in 2012 and plans for other alternative varieties over the following years.
The Adelaide Hills vineyard will also house our new cellar door, to be opened in October 2013 at 72 Bird in Hand Road, Woodside, Adelaide Hills.
Winemaker – Joanne Irvine
Joanne was a theatre nurse before deciding to follow her Father and enter the world of winemaking. Jo gives the care, attention to detail and the dedication to our wines as she did to her patients.
Jo has a degree in oenology from the University of Adelaide and has worked in a number of Australian and American wineries where she developed a strong affection for exotic varieties. She was awarded UK’s International Wine Challenge, Red Winemaker of the Year in London in 2006 and was the Barossa Valley Winemaker of the year in 2009.
Clare Valley - Dick Brysky
Adelaide Hills - Simon Tolley