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Barossa Valley, SA

Sorby Adams wines are hand crafted to reflect the heritage and family values we hold, and made for your enjoyment. Our viticultural and winemaking philosophy is based on the belief that great wines are made in the vineyard. Sorby Adams places emphasis on careful tending of vines with minimal intervention, ensuring access to the highest quality fruit and judicious use of oak. Grapes are sourced from vineyards high in the Barossa Hills and from growers around the Barossa. Wines are crafted to allows the character to shine through.


The Barossa is Australia’s most famous wine region and is believed to have the oldest continually bearing Shiraz vines in the world. Thankfully, it has also been Simon ‘Sorby’ Adams’ home since 1980 and he has been fortunate to be amongst an amazing group of people to learn and work with, including winemakers, vignerons and of course friends.

Testament to his winemaking skills, Simon has amassed more than 65 trophies and 350 gold medals during his career, including twice winning Best Vintage Red at the International Wine and Spirit Challenge in London, the Stoddard Trophy at Brisbane and the “Triple Crown” at the National Wine Show in Canberra including Best Wine of Show. Over 40 vintages and the force behind the Sorby Adams brand.

Sorby Adams Wines are based on the philosophy that great wines are made in the vineyard. Winemaker Simon Sorby Adams sources fruit from vineyards high in the Barossa Hills and also from a selection of wonderful growers around the Barossa.

Sorby Adams Wines are based on the philosophy that great wines are made in the vineyard. The approach to the judicious use of oak as part of the winemaking process goes back to a time when Simon was Senior Winemaker for a large local family owned winery. The average time for oak to be aired is usually 2-3 years, and back then he experimented with various spells, including 8 years. At Sorby Adams Barossa, Simon uses 5 years as the standard weathering phase.

Air drying oak lightens the tannins imparted into the wine, leaching out the harshness before coopering. Turned every 6 months, the 28 inch oak is hand crafted by Andrew Stiller from neighbouring Bethany.

Only 3km from Sorby Adams, Andrew has a wealth of information on how the treatment of oak before coopering is as important as the coopers craft, and winemakers use of that oak, for the architecture weathered oak brings to the finished wine.

Meet the maker

Simon 'Sorby' Adams

Founder and Winemaker

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