Tim Adams

South Australia | Clare Valley

James' Review

Tim Adams and partner Pam Goldsack preside over a highly successful business. Having expanded the range of estate plantings with tempranillo, pinot gris and viognier, in 2009 the business took a giant step forward with the acquisition of the 80ha Leasingham Rogers Vineyard from CWA, followed in ’11 by the purchase of the Leasingham winery and winemaking equipment (for less than replacement cost). The winery is now a major contract winemaking facility for the region. Exports to the UK, The Netherlands, Sweden, South Korea, Hong Kong, China and NZ.


Tim Adams Wines was originally born of a partnership between Tim and Pam and local coopers, Bill and Jill Wray, in 1984. The business was to make wine and small oak casks. This first year fell in the middle of a grape shortage, but fortunately the budding company was able to beg 10 tonnes of Shiraz from a good friend and neighbour. 1986 saw the first release of wine under the 'Adams and Wray' label, but the partnership was later dissolved in 1987, with the young couples choosing to focus on their respective passions. The families are still good friends to this day.

1987 continued to be an eventful year for the newly named Tim Adams Wines, with the purchase of the current winery site and arrival of daughter Frances. Cellar door was opened and the first grapes crushed on site the following year. The decades that followed brought with them a natural evolution of the company, the physical site and the wines themselves. These years of hard work, passion and curiosity have resulted in a progressive family winery that is committed to creating elegant wines, without forgetting its obligation to the Australian wine industry, environment and wider community.

Tim Adams Wines now has a presence in many international markets and is the constant recipient of awards, reviews and accolades both in Australia and overseas.


Winemaker Tim Adams, Brett Schutz
Established 1986
Dozens 60 000
Vineyards (area) 145 ha
Opening Hours Mon–Fri 10.30–5, w'ends 11–5
Address 156 Warenda Road, Clare, SA 5453
Telephone (08) 8842 2429
Website www.timadamswines.com.au