Shaw Family Vintners

The Shaw family has been honing its craft since 1976, when Richard and Marie Shaw planted five acres of vines in McLaren Vale. Since that time, these plantings have expanded to 155 acres in McLaren Vale and more than 1000 acres in Currency Creek. The Shaw’s sons – Philip, Nathan and Mark – now manage the business, from viticulture to winemaking, as well as sales.

Shaw Family Vintners’ winery was established at Currency Creek in 2001, with extensive winemaking facilities and a cellar door for visitors to enjoy. Ten years later, an additional cellar door was opened at Signal Point in the wharf precinct of Goolwa, Australia’s first inland port, overlooking the final reaches of the mighty Murray River.

Having established vineyards in two distinctively different regions, the winemaking team at Shaw Family Vintners has the ability to craft wines of varying styles and characteristics.
Currency Creek is situated only four kilometres from the Southern Ocean on the eastern side of the Mount Lofty Ranges, and is adjacent to Lake Alexandrina. An amazing Canoe Tree sits on the property and is a daily reminder of how the region has always been a food bowl of great abundance. The cool, maritime climate promotes a mild growing season with a prolonged ripening period, resulting in fruit with distinctly lifted varietal definition and elegant complexity.

Shaw Family Vintners produces outstanding wines under several different labels, including the flagship Icon range, which honours founding directors Richard and Marie. The single-vineyard wines tell light-hearted and amusing family stories and are named accordingly.

Ballast Stone, the family’s first established wine range, acknowledges buildings on the estate that were built in 1858 from the ballast rock used in sailing ships moored in the nearby port of Goolwa. These wines have names and stories with a nautical flavour, drawn from the link with the stones that were used in the early sailing ships from England.

Stonemason, an exclusively Currency Creek range, is named in recognition of those who worked with these stones.


2010 Shaw Family Vintners The Figurehead Shiraz

Garnet red with a stunning purple hue. Lifted violets, vanillin and chocolate notes on the nose. Rich in stewed plums, prunes and spice, persisting through to the subtle, velvety tannins. Awarded 93 points in James Halliday’s 2015 Australian Wine Companion.

2010 Shaw Family Vintners The 9N Shiraz

A classic McLaren Vale shiraz exhibiting aromas and flavours of vanillin, plums, black cherry, pepper and spice. These integrate with a full, fleshy palate that finishes with soft tannins. Awarded 94 points in James Halliday’s 2015 Australian Wine Companion.

2012 Shaw Family Vintners Windjammer Shiraz

Sourced from deep-rooted, old vines and aged in American and French oak barrels for 18 months. Aromas of plums, blueberries and spices, it finishes with subtle pepper overtones. Awarded 90 points in James Halliday’s 2015 Australian Wine Companion.

2013 Shaw Family Vintners Stonemason Shiraz

This shiraz from the winery’s Currency Creek vineyards emits dark cherry, anise and cedar aromas, with a soft, full and approachable palate of plum and mulberry, laced with traces of vanillin and white pepper to add complexity. Awarded a gold trophy at the 2014 Cairns Wine Show.


  • Getting There: 369 Myrtle Grove Road, Currency Creek & Signal Point Complex, Goolwa Wharf Precient, Goolwa
  • Phone: (08) 8555 0810 (Goolwa) (08)8555 4215 (CurrencyCreek)
  • Email: [javascript protected email address]
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  • Cellar Door: Goolwa open 10:00am–5:00pm daily Currency Creek open 10:30am–4:30pm Monday to Friday
  • Restaurant: No
  • Weddings & Functions: No
  • Accommodation: No
  • Additional Features: Mailing list, wine club and cellar door specials

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