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Tim McNeil Wines is a boutique family-owned winery established by Tim and Cass McNeil at Watervale in the Clare Valley.

Tim and Cass purchased their picturesque 40-acre property at Watervale in 2007 and in the same year released the inaugural ‘Tim McNeil’ wines. Tim, who was a Physical Education teacher in a former life, graduated from Adelaide University with an Oenology degree in 1999 and spent 11 years honing his craft at iconic wineries in the Barossa and Clare Valleys.

A 5-acre Riesling vineyard on the property has flourished under Tim’s careful attention, transformed from un- trellised bush vines with hundreds of missing plants to a fully-planted and trellised vineyard. The hand-pruned, handpicked, dry grown vineyard is now fully productive and the results can be seen in all of the Rieslings produced from 2010 onwards.

In 2012 Tim McNeil Wines opened a Cellar Door facility overlooking the scenic vineyard. At nearly 500m above sea level it is easy to be lost in the panoramic views of the Watervale surrounds and beyond. Cellar Door is open Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 11.00am – 5.00pm. Tim often opens cellar door on weekdays while working in the vineyard or cellar, so just look out for the roadside “OPEN” sign or give him a call to make a time to visit.