McLaren Vale Vineyards

Richard Hamilton Wines has some of the oldest vines in the region, including the vineyard that produces the Centurion Old Vines Shiraz, vines which were established in 1892. Planted by Richards’ father, Burton, there is also Old Vine Grenache and Shiraz from 1963 and Cabernet Sauvignon from 1968. However, the majority of the vines are between 10 and 30 years old, planted since Richard progressively purchased properties in the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

Each of the vineyards has a different soil structure however the majority are sandy with low fertility. 

Hut Block:Sand over clay and limestone - Black Cracking - Sandy clay loam

Farm Block:Black cracking over calcareous clay - Red Loam over clay and limestone

Little Road: Red brown loam with river pebbles over clay

Hut Block Vineyard

The Hut Block Vineyard is named after the old pickers hut situated on the property. Located along McMurtrie Road in McLaren Vale the vineyard contains our oldest vines, the Centurion Shiraz, dry grown and planted in 1892. These vines are among the oldest in McLaren Vale. The soil structure in Hut Block Vineyard is sand over clay and limestone – black cracking – sandy clay loam. The total vineyard area is 20.1 Hectares/48.6 Acres

Farm Block

Farm Block Vineyard surrounds the McLaren Vale Cellar Door, Head Office and McLaren Vale Vineyard Office, between the corners of Main and Johnston Roads. The site produces the majority of our award-winning Shiraz. The soil structure of Farm Block vineyard is black cracking over calcareous clay and red loam over clay and limestone. 

Little Road

Little Road Vineyard is located between Main and Little Roads, Willunga and contains clones of Chapoutier Shiraz from France.The soil composition in Little Road Vineyard is red brown loam with river pebbles over clay. The total vineyard area is 7.7 hectares/18.9 acres

Lee Harding, Viticulturist

A passion for horticulture and mechanics sparked Lee's interest in viticulture. With over 20 years' experience in both the Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale regions, Lee has been with the company since 2001. He is responsible for management of all operations of the McLaren Vale vineyards and works closely with winemaker Paul Gordon to ensure the vines maintain good health and produce optimum fruit quality. Lee has an encyclopedic knowledge of viticulture, soil structures and micro-climates of the individual vineyards, as well as the seasonal weather patterns of the region - imperative to providing the right duty of care in differing conditions.