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Fox Creek

Fox Creek was established in 1984 by Helen and Dr. Jim Watts who wanted to pursue a lifelong passion to grow vines and make wine a reality. They bought a 32 hectare property in South Australia's McLaren Vale which Helen named Fox Creek because of the winery's winter creek and its resident foxes. The soil there was composed of black clay and had previously been used for growing barley. The Watts were advised against growing grapes, but they planted young vines anyway, producing some outstanding fruit, which in turn produced some outstanding wines. At first they sold their grapes to other wineries, but when their daughter Sarah graduated from Roseworthy as a winemaker, she and her winemaking husband Sparky Marquis began to produce the wines under the Fox Creek label. Their debut 1994 Shiraz won the trophy for the best wine at the 1995 McLaren Vale Wine Show, instantly putting them on the map, and numerous national and international awards followed. Fox Creek is recognised by James Halliday as a 5 star winery. In 2021 Fox Creek was acquired by old friends and industry colleagues, Ben Gibson, Jock Harvey and Dim Georgiadis, whose goal is to produce wines that demonstrate the qualities of craftsmanship, innovation, consistency and authenticity. They practice traditional methods combined with new technologies, blending grapes from different sources across the Vale, which provides a variety of both tannin and flavour profiles. Fox Creek's use of oak is judicious - they want to support the wine, not overwhelm it. To this end they are meticulous about their barrel selection, analysing each vineyard to determine what style of oak would enhance its potential, matching the right oak profile to each vineyard. This intricate knowledge of oak results in an exclusive range of wines with unique characteristics and a comprehensive portfolio is produced, featuring sparkling, white, rosé, red and dessert wines. Their commitment is total. Their pursuit of excellence for every wine that bears their name is endless. They want their passion for what they do to be tasted in every bottle, every variety, from every vintage.

www.foxcreekwines.com/