Knappstein Enterprise Winery & Brewery

Founded in 1878, Knappstein Enterprise Winery & Brewery is an award-winning winery and fully-functional micro-brewery. Located in the Clare Valley, one of South Australia’s oldest established wine regions, the winery is steeped in local history.

Fanny Filgate, the daughter of enterprising Irishman Edward Paddy Gleeson, best known for establishing the township of Clare, inherited her father’s entrepreneaurial skills and opened the Enterprise Brewery in the late 19th century.

Filgate originally opened the brewery to quench the thirst of local miners and as the copper mining industry took off, so did her business. Filgate remained the proud owner of the prosperous brewery for almost three decades.

In 1974 Knappstein Enterprise Winery & Brewery, produced under the Tim Knappstein Enterprise wine label, took up residence in the the original, heritage-listed building.

Today, Knappstein Enterprise Winery & Brewery’s winemaking team is led by Glenn Barry, an accomplished winemaker who honed his skills in the Clare Valley and as far afield as Sicily, Napa, and Okanagan in Canada. Barry’s winemaking philosophy reflects his love of fresh wines with vibrant and pure flavours.

Inspired by its rich brewing heritage, the winery opened a fully-functional micro-brewery in 2006 where the Knappstein Enterprise Reserve Lager, a premium Bavarian-style beer, was produced.

With a large selection of white wine, including riesling and pinot gris, along with red wine, including shiraz, cabernet and malbec and mouth-watering sparkling Shiraz, Knappstein Enterprise Winery & Brewery has earned its place as one of the regions premier wine producers.

 

TASTING NOTES

Knappstein Riesling

Youthful talc-like aromas combine with bright lime juice and bath salt highlights to create a juicy palate. The lively lime juice theme mixed with a quinine twist and finishes with a dry, flinty character.

Ackland Vineyard Watervale Riesling

The    initially    reserved    nose transforms into aromas of lime, sweet spice and talc-like characters. An immense depth of flavour is illustrated by mimicking the aromas in waves of flavour on a textural palate. The wine displays a restrained sense of power while managing to remain light and focused through an impressively long finish.

Knappstein Shiraz

Displaying an aromatic nose of violet and dark berries, this wine has a fresh and vibrant palate. The flavours lean towards the red berry spectrum with a glimmer of dark fruits and highlight of brown spice. The plush fruit is tightly held together with firm but fine tannins.

Enterprise Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Aromas of bay leaf and perfumed red fruits are given complexity by sweet spice from the finest French oak. The palate is bright and structured while retaining a depth of black-berried fruit flavours. Fine- grained tannins are spread evenly across a generous palate and carry flavours of red cherry and cassis through to a well-composed finish.

 

  • Getting There: 2 Pioneer Avenue,
  • Suburb: Clare
  • Phone: (08) 8841 2100
  • Fax: (08) 8841 2101
  • Email: [javascript protected email address]
  • Website: www.knappstein.com.au
  • Cellar Door: Open 9:00am–5:00pm Monday to Friday Open 11:00am–5:00pm Saturday Open 11:00am–4:00pm Sunday and public holidays
  • Restaurant: Build your own cheese platter
  • Weddings & Functions: No
  • Accommodation: No
  • Additional Features: Brewery on-site