The Linfield Road Story

  • All day planting vines, very slow work.
    E.M. Wilson-July 28th, 1860
On a fine Sunday on the 15th of July 1860, Edmund Major Wilson walked to his newly acquired property on the outskirts of Williamstown, in the fledgling Barossa Valley, to begin a new life. Within a week Edmund, the son of Thomas Wilson, the second Mayor of Adelaide, had begun the task of establishing the first Linfield Road vineyards, though perhaps at a more sedate pace than he had originally hoped for.

Since Edmund's first plantings in 1860, only 13 years after the first vines were planted in the Barossa Valley, five generations of the Wilson family have looked after the scenic property, with 91 year old Arnold Wilson still out in the vines, in addition to running his early morning kitchen during vintage and opening up the bar after a hard day's work.

Nestled just outside the small town of Williamstown in the Southern Barossa, the Linfield Road vineyards are grown on a mixture of soils ideal for elegant, structured wines including red clay, slate and sandy loam mixed with creek stones. The vineyards have an elevation of 310 metres, higher than the Barossa Valley floor, leading to cooler nights and later ripening periods, producing wines with elegant characteristics that are uniquely specific to Linfield's location at the southern edge of the Barossa Valley.

Originally planted with Carignan, Gouias Blanc, Mataro and Shiraz, the Linfield Road vineyards now produce handcrafted single vineyard wines from Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Grenache and Riesling.

  • Picked Mataro grapes off hill in the morning, carted to cellar, crushed them and just finished as the rain came in.
    E.M. Wilson-25th April, 1865