About Mike Press Wines

Mike Press Wines, located in the internationally acclaimed wine region of Adelaide Hills in South Australia, sets the benchmark for quality wine at an outstanding price.


Mike Press Wines, located in the internationally acclaimed wine region of Adelaide Hills in South Australia, sets the benchmark for quality wine at an outstanding price.

With a string of awards, the secret to its success lies in a nurtured vineyard, more than four decades of experience, and a commitment to the consumer.

Mike Press started his career with the best, working alongside Max Schubert at Penfolds before moving to Seppelts, and as chief wine maker for Mildara Bass, before planting his vineyard in 1998 to focus on growing quality grapes to on-sell.

Boasting 85 acres of scenic beauty, Kenton Valley Vineyards, was chosen because of its cool climate, its altitude of 500 metres above sea level, and its rainfall, which is similar to Bordeaux in France.

But plans to sell grapes to large winemakers were quashed when the grape glut hit.  No longer able to make a good return on the fruits of their labour, Mike and wife Judy instead turned their hand to producing their own wine.

" In a move almost unheard of, the clean skin wine was named a runner up for the most eagerly sought after wine award in Australia, the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy for its 2005 Shiraz and Cabernet; and received three trophies and seven golds in 2006 at the Adelaide Hills Wine Show for its 2005 Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot." - Mike Press

With a staunch belief that good quality wine comes from a good vineyard, and a hands on approach, with Mike Press personally involved in every stage of the winemaking - from working the vineyard to bottling – the wine was originally sold as clean skins and literally sold itself.

In fact, it sold out every year, and the accolades soon followed. 

It was then Mike and Judy decided to label the wine – a decision which proved fruitful, seeing it recognised by the most renowned wine writers in the country.

Reviews by the likes of Tyson Stelzer and Campbell Mattinson, led to the wine continually selling out.

In 2009 it was the only 'single' vineyard in Australia to have three wines in James Halliday’s highly acclaimed top 100 wines with its 2008 Chardonnay, 2008 Cabernet and 2008 Shiraz.

In 2010 it was listed in James Halliday’s top 10 wines for the year; and this year, was named a five star winery in the 2011 edition of James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion.

Despite the success, Mike and Judy’s philosophy remains unchanged – to continue to deliver quality wine at an affordable price, so it can be enjoyed by everyone, any time.

 

Watch a video interview with Mike & Judy.

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