Old Oval Estate

Old Oval Estate is owned and operated by Joan Rowley, and her family and has been producing wine for ten years. The winery boasts panoramic views over picturesque vineyards, which serves as a stunning backdrop for any occasion.

Beloved by both locals and new visitors alike, Old Oval Estate offers its guests a wine tasting experience in its rustic cellar door, where visitors can taste its own wine label, Fork in the Road. Guests also have the opportunity to plan and host their own memorable and personalised wedding or special occasion experience.

The winery and cellar door is situated in the heart of the internationally acclaimed McLaren Vale wine region, and set under the watchful majesty of a circa 350-year-old Red River Gum Giant. Old Oval Estate is a special place filled with rolling lawns and romantic elegance the whole family can enjoy. The winery is the perfect destination to relax and admire the beauty of the region.

While Old Oval Estate produces an exceptional sauvignon blanc, the winery specialises in shiraz and produces six varieties of wine each year.

The winery’s own label includes red varieties such as its Fork in the Road Scarce Earth Shiraz 2012, Fork in the Road Shiraz 2013 and Fork in the Road Grenache Shiraz 2014, as well as its Fork in the Road Shiraz 2014 and Fork in the Road Reserve Shiraz 2014. It also produces a Fork in the Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, a Fork in the Road NV Brut Cuvee and its very own Fork in the Road Moscato 2015.

Most recently, Old Oval Estate was awarded a gold medal for its Fork in the Road Reserve Shiraz 2014, which was also recognised as the third best shiraz in the world at the 2016 AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge. It’s Fork in the Road Shiraz 2014 and Fork in the Road Grenache Shiraz 2014 were both awarded gold medals at the 2017 AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge, and its Fork in the Road Sauvignon Blanc 2015 was awarded a silver medal within the same competition.



2015 Fork in the Road Sauvignon Blanc

The fruit was sourced in the hills of McLaren Vale, where the higher altitude and cooler air creates a crispness in the wine. This wine is fresh and lively and full of lychees, snow peas and mouth-watering acidity. The bouquet of lifted gooseberry has a fine attractive herbal thread. Enjoy immediately.

2014 Fork in the Road Grenache Shiraz

This wine blend was grown in McLaren Vale. Deep red in colour, the aromas of this wine are evolving and complex, with blueberries and floral notes, fresh charcuterie, herbs and dark chocolate. The wine opens up with a soft juicy entry, with the red fruits and confectionary flowing through the palate, which is supported by spice, fine tannins and subtle oak.

2014 Fork in the Road Reserve Shiraz

The shiraz grapes used for this limited release were sourced from the Old Oval Estate vineyard. The wine is deep red in colour, with vibrant aromas of dark berries and chocolate, as well as subtle vanilla and spice notes. The palate is dense but lively. This wine has a long, juicy finish, which is balanced by fine, spicy tannins and graphite.

2012 Fork in the Road Scarce Earth Shiraz

The shiraz grapes used for this limited 64-case release were sourced from a single vineyard. Ideal growing conditions resulted in a wine with full flavour and long, soft tannins. This wine is aged in seasoned American oak hogheads for 18 months, and can be enjoyed now or be cellared with confidence.


  • Getting There: 18 Sand Road,
  • Suburb: McLaren Vale
  • Phone: (08) 8323 9100
  • Mobile: 0411 862 493
  • Email: [javascript protected email address]
  • Website: www.oldovalestate.com
  • Cellar Door: Open 11:00am–5:00pm Thursday to Sunday
  • Restaurant: Regional platters, croissants, gourmet cookies, tea and coffee available
  • Weddings & Functions: Yes (Max seating 80–100, cocktail 200)
  • Accommodation: No
  • Additional Features: Online wine sales and cellar door specials