The cursive script on the Cooter & Cooter wine labels was that of various Cooter family businesses operating in SA since 1847. James comes from a family with more than 20 years in the wine industry. Kimberley is also a hands-on winemaker; her father is Walter Clappis, a veteran McLaren Vale winemaker. Their vineyard, on the southern slopes of Whites Valley, has 18ha of shiraz and 3ha of cabernet sauvignon planted in 1996, and 2ha of old vine grenache planted in the '50s. They also buy Clare Valley grapes to make riesling.