ABOUT WILLUNGA 100

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At Willunga 100, we take pride in making award-winning McLaren Vale wine with a focus on premium Grenache. Our small and passionate team, led by winemakers Mike Farmilo and Tim James, have created an exciting and vibrant range that truly showcases the magic of our region.

The soils in McLaren Vale are some of the oldest in the world, estimated at over 500 million years old. This means low vigour, ensuring low yields in the vineyard, so combined with the old vines, stunning fruit is produced. Before our first vintage in 2005, our team walked through the McLaren Vale vineyards and came across plots of 50 year old Grenache. At this time most of the wine produced from this fruit was blended away as there was little demand for quality Grenache. We decided this had to change, so we made these vines our focus and gave them the attention they deserved. We haven’t looked back since.

If you’re wondering where our name comes from, when the town of Willunga was just starting out, governments stated that 100+ households needed to occupy an area in order to qualify for a place on the map. The McLaren Vale district was then divided up in to 100’s or small lots and much of our fruit comes from the area that once was the ‘Hundred of Willunga’.

The tree on our label is an old River Red Gum that stands tall over the vineyards.  It was well over a hundred years old when the first vines were planted in Australia in the 1840s.

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Our Winemakers

TIM JAMES

Consultant

Tim is an Australian wine industry icon, well known on the winemaking and wine-judging circuit. He was the MD of Wirra Wirra Wine Company for seven years until 2007, and before that was Production Director at Hardy’s Wine Company.Being brought up on a winery site in the Barossa Valley (Leo Buring’s Chateau Leonay, now Richmond Grove), almost all of Tim’s life has had a close association with the wine industry. Tim graduated in 1976 from Roseworthy, following which he joined Thomas Hardy and Sons as a winemaker where he quickly progressed to Group Technical Manager and Production Manager of BRL Hardy. After more than 20 years with Hardy’s Tim undertook the new challenge as Managing Director and winemaker of Wirra Wirra in 2001. He is an enormously respected wine judge, with over 34 years of judging experience in both Australia and New Zealand, and for many years he was also the Director of the Australian Wine Research Institute. His achievements and appointments are too numerous to list! Tim joined the Willunga 100 team in 2010. His knowledge and experience of McLaren Vale has been invaluable, constantly raising the bar in terms of quality and leadership. He was wanting to slow down a bit and play more golf, but has since only hit a ball twice across his dam!

MIKE FARMILO

Winemaker

Mike is a well renowned winemaker who has over 40 years’ experience making wine in South Australia. His knowledge of the McLaren Vale region is second to none and has given him access to some of the finest fruit in the district.A Winemaking graduate of world renowned Roseworthy College in South Australia he began his winemaking career at Angoves Winery. Mike followed this with 13 years at Southcorp Wine Group where he had a long involvement with Seaview, Penfolds, Wynn’s of Coonawarra, Lindemans, Seppelts, Coldstream Hills, and many others, the last 6 years in the role of Group Red Winemaker.
His wine credits include winning two Jimmy Watson Trophies, making Penfolds Grange, St Henri, Bin 707, Bin 389 and many more. Mike left Southcorp to pursue his own venture and to help establish Boar’s Rock Winery in McLaren Vale in 1997, where he was a founding shareholder and Principal Winemaker. He is now an independent winemaking consultant based in the McLaren Vale where he draws on his incredible experience and knowledge.