Crabtree is situated in the heart of the historic and iconic Watervale district, the tasting room and courtyard (set in the produce cellar of the original 1850s homestead) looking out over the estate vineyard. The winery was founded in 1984 by Robert Crabtree, who built a considerable reputation for medal-winning riesling, shiraz and cabernet sauvignon. In 2007 it was purchased by an independent group of wine enthusiasts, and the winery firmly continues in the tradition of estate-grown premium wines. Robert remains a shareholder.
Crabtree Watervale Wines is a small “jewel” set in the centre of the beautiful Watervale parish within the Clare Valley. A historic listed property and homestead dating back to the 1850's is a landmark in the Clare Valley. The winery was originally developed by Robert Crabtree in 1985 who quietly built an enviable reputation for fine handcrafted wines handing over the business in 2007 to a a small talented team with loads of passion and enthusiasm. Today Crabtree is known for producing small batches of award winning premium wines that express the individual vineyard blocks of the estate and the Watervale district.