Heirloom Vineyards

South Australia | Adelaide Zone

James' Review

This is (yet another) venture for Zar Brooks and his wife Elena. They met during the 2000 vintage, and one thing led to another, as they say. Dandelion Vineyards and Zonte’s Footstep came along first, and continue, but other partners are involved in those ventures (and are co-owners of the Salopian Inn, with the cellar door in the restaurant). The lofty aims here are ‘to preserve the best of tradition, the unique old vineyards of SA, and to champion the best clones of each variety, embracing organic and biodynamic farming’. I don’t doubt the sincerity of the sentiments, but there’s a fair degree of Brooksian marketing spin involved. Exports to all major markets.


Heirloom Vineyards was conceived in vintage 2000, when a young winemaking student caught the eye of a silly old wine judge. A love story ensued inspired by two vows: To preserve the best of tradition, the old world of wine and our unique old vineyards and to champion the best clones of each variety planted in the most appropriate sites embracing the principals of organic and biodynamic farming. Seven long vintages of trial and error passed before Heirloom Vineyards could make a wine that was fine enough to pass on to future generations. That is this wine.


Winemaker Elena Brooks
Established 2004
Dozens NFP
Vineyards (area) N/A
Opening Hours 7 days 10-5
Address Salopian Inn, Cnr Main Rd/McMurtrie Road, McLaren Vale, SA 5171
Telephone (08) 8556 6099
Website www.heirloomvineyards.com.au