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Hollick

Ian Hollick is one of life's great characters! No matter when you meet him, two things are certain: you'll have a great laugh and you'll taste some pretty serious wines.

Hollick Wines is a small family-owned winery in Coonawarra, in the Limestone Coast Wine Zone of South Australia. Ian and Wendy Hollick purchased a piece of grazing land at the southern end of the Coonawarra district in 1974. This small block of land was one of the original allocations in the Coonawarra Fruit Colony which John Riddoch founded in 1890. It was never developed as a fruit block but instead was the site of a tannery, and later a dairy.

Ian Hollick's involvement with viticulture goes way back to his childhood in Mildura as the son of a soldier settler fruit blocker. After studying Agricultural Science at Dookie Agricultural College, and after a tenure with Mildara Wines Coonawarra as national vineyard manager, Ian and Wendy launched Hollick Wines in 1983, although the Hollicks have progressively planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc since 1975. They restored the original slab cottage located on Neilson’s Block which remains at the entrance to Hollick Wines today. This heritage listed cottage dates back to the 1860s, and it was reputedly the birthplace of famous lyric poet John Shaw Neilson. The cottage was used for cellar door sales until 2002 when a retail area and restaurant (Upstairs at Hollick) were built to fulfil the demand for a winery restaurant in Coonawarra.

Ian's expertise in viticulture has seen him as an industry leader, and the Hollick team place special emphasis on producing only premium fruit. The small, modern winery is designed around winemaking methods which produce wines of distinction, showing regionality as well as specific vineyard and varietal characters. Driven by quality and a hands-on approach, Hollick wines continue to be made from three core vineyards. Neilson’s Block, planted by Ian and Wendy Hollick in 1975, the nearby Wilgha Vineyard, purchased in 1987 and further developed since, and the Wrattonbully Vineyard developed in 1998, giving Hollick over 200 acres of premium vineyard in total. Further plantings of Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Petit Verdot, and even more recently Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Barbera and Savagnin have also taken place.

Ian's expertise in viticulture has seen him as an industry leader, and the Hollick team place special emphasis on producing only premium fruit. The small, modern winery is designed around winemaking methods which produce wines of distinction, showing regionality and specific vineyard and varietal characters. For those of you who have never tasted Hollick wines, you're in for a real treat. Typically Australian, Hollick wines are full bodied and substantial but they have all of the balance, refinement and complexity that Coonawarra is famous for.
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