Pikes

South Australia | Clare Valley

James' Review

There have been a number of major changes in recent years at Pikes. In late '17 Andrew Pike's son Jamie returned home with extensive marketing experience gained through six years with Fine Wine Partners and several years working with a NZ winery. In November '18 the snappy new tasting room and adjoining SLATE Restaurant were opened - slate is a building/structural material widely used in the Clare Valley for fermenters. (In August '16 Pikes had been given a $320 000 grant from the government's Regional Development Fund which helped pay for these improvements.) In April '19 the Family Succession Agreement saw changes that had long since been agreed, the most important being the retirement in September '19 of Neil Pike after 35 years as chief winemaker. Andrew Pike and wife Cathryn have acquired Neil's shareholding, sister Heather remains as a shareholder and Alister Pike came on board, alongside Jamie, to run the beer operation (the brewery opened in '14). The two brothers will be the sixth generation by direct descent from patriarch Henry Pike, who arrived from England in 1878. Exports to the UK, the US, China, and other major markets.

About

Established by Neil, Andrew & Cathryn Pike in 1984, Pikes Wines have had a changing of the guard in early 2020. After 35 years as Chief Winemaker, Neil Pike made the decision to retire to exit the family business. Leaving brother, co-founder and viticulturalist Andrew Pike, his wife Cathryn, and their family to take the busines forward into its next phase. Next generation Pikes, Jamie (Sales & Marketing Director) and Alister (Pikes Beer Co Manager) have joined the company as shareholders. Long time Senior Winemaker Steve Baraglia picks up the reigns of Chief Winemaker, assisted by Senior Winemaker Andrew Kenny. A recent addition to the business, SLATE Restaurant opened in late 2018 and has proven to be one the regions finest eateries, winning an Australian Good Food Guide Chef’s Hat. Although best known for Riesling, the 400 - 450m elevation estate has plantings of 20 different varieties all planted on the slate soils of Polish Hill River.

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Details

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Winemaker Steve Baraglia - Chief Winemaker and Andrew Kenny - Senior Winemaker
Established 1984
Dozens 35 000
Vineyards (area) 73 ha
Opening Hours 7 days 10-4
Address Polish Hill River Road, Sevenhill, SA 5453
Telephone (08) 8843 4370
Website www.pikeswines.com.au