Vickery Wines


Riesling 2015 Watervale
Riesling 2015 Eden Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Coonawarra

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Region: South Australia

Winemaker: John Vickery



John Vickery has been instrumental in shaping the history of Riesling in Australia.
Working his first vintage back in 1951, John Vickery built his illustrious career
around strict attention to detail and old-fashioned hard work. His fastidious nature
and particular ways are legendary and an integral part of the greatness.
His mastery began with Leo Buring in 1955 at Chateau Leonay winery, where the
focus was on Eden Valley and Watervale fruit. Without any modern day processing
equipment winemaking was quite a crude process, which shows true testament to
his outstanding ability.


With more than fifty Trophies and an incredible four hundred Gold Medals, John Vickery is recognized as an inspiration and benchmark for many young (and old) winemakers. Highlights of his career include:
- The Jimmy Watson Trophy when winemaker at Rouge Homme in Coonawarra for the 1980 Lindeman's St George Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Winning the 2007 Wolf Blass Riesling Award at the Canberra International Riesling challenge
- He was humbled to be judged by his peers as Australia’s Greatest Living Winemaker in a survey conducted by Epicure in 2003.
- But he considers his most rewarding contribution to the Australian Wine Industry, being the first to re-introduce the screw cap with the 1998 Richmond Grove Watervale and Barossa Rieslings. This was by any measure, the single most significant event in the improvement in quality of Australian Riesling.

In 2007 John was awarded the Medal of Order of Australia for ‘service to the wine industry as an oenologist, particularly through the development of innovative methods for Riesling production.’