Our first winemaker and founder Michael Waugh, an Adelaide man at heart spent the majority of his early years successfully combining his hands-on skills and interest for wine by offering his bricklaying talents to a number of local wineries! After 10 years working beside Robert O’Callaghan at Rockford Wines in addition to gaining experience from Chris Ringland, Michael decided it was his turn to have a shot at winemaking.
In 1976 Michael decided to take a risk by purchasing a substantial 20-acre property on Radford Road in the timelessly beautiful Barossa Valley. At this point in time Michaels purchase consisted of nothing more than a rundown house and 2 acres of ancient Shiraz vines planted all along the creek line. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is a saying that Michael was unknowingly soon to agree with.
In 1984 Michael alongside his wife Annabelle, produced his very first wine using the old Shiraz vines in his property. This produced the birth of two fermenters, in what is now Michael and Annabelle’s garage. It was here, that the first Shiraz was created.
Four years later the Greenock Creek Wines’ cellar door made its grand debut. Sold through a small cellar door located in the main residence, the first form of advertising was a newsletter sent via post to the customers on their mailing list. Within four to eight short weeks Michael and Annabelle would be sold out! This happened over a period of many years, which enabled Michael to build an extremely strong brand as it was in such high demand.
Fast forward to 1994 Michael and Annabelle added another notch to their belts by purchasing the now renowned Roennfeldt Road Property. This time bringing an iconic six acres of old Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache vines along with it. Hard work, re-trellising the vines and deep ripping, launched the vineyard into full production. The 1995 Vintage was the first release of the Roennfeldt Road range, and Greenock Creek launched itself onto the world stage after Roennfeldt Road Shiraz received its first 100 points by Robert Parker in 1995 and has continued to receive them multitude of times over the years. These wines have now become the flagship of the Greenock Creek range!
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The Greenock Creek story commenced when Michael purchased a 20-acre property at Seppeltsfield, in the Barossa Valley.
Two years later, the first vines were planted.
The original cellar door made its debut in a tiny cellar underneath an old house in Seppeltsfield and started with 2 wines: Chardonnay 1988 & Creek Block Shiraz 1986.
First release of Cabernet.
Seven Acre Shiraz first release.
The Roennfeldt Road property was purchased with 120 year old vines.
First release of the Roennfeldt Road Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz; wines that were to become the flagship of the Greenock Creek range.
Greenock Creek Wines launches Apricot Block Shiraz.
Alices Shiraz first release to the public.
The cellar door moved to Marananga, providing more space for visitors and adjoins the Marananga Cottage suites.