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The Rich History of Skillogalee: Over 50 Years of Excellence

Established in 1970, Skillogalee has become a name synonymous with family-owned winemaking and is widely recognized as one of Australia's premier Riesling producers.

Award-Winning Beginnings

The journey of Skillogalee began with a breakthrough moment in 1978. Just its third vintage under the Skillogalee label, the 1978 Skillogalee Riesling quickly garnered acclaim. It secured the prestigious Adelaide Wine Show trophy for the best Riesling, and later claimed the trophy for the best 1978 Riesling at the National Wine Show, solidifying its place among the finest in the country.

A Historic Setting: Trevarrick Farm

Today, Skillogalee operates from a charming historic stone cottage built in 1851 by John Trestrail, a Cornish miner. Together with his wife Anne, they managed the property, known as Trevarrick Farm, which served as a mixed home farm and witnessed the upbringing of their 13 surviving children out of 18. Interestingly, despite their connection to the land, John was a religious man who did not approve of drinking.

A Shift Towards Winemaking

After passing through the hands of different owners, Trevarrick Farm transitioned to growing stone fruit and cultivating grapevines for dried fruit in the early 1900s. In 1969, Spencer and Margaret George took over the property and embarked on a new journey. Over the following years, they planted wine grapes, including early varieties of Riesling, Shiraz, Grenache, and Crouchen (previously known as Clare Riesling).

A Continual Pursuit of Excellence

In the early 1980s, Skillogalee adapted its vineyard, grafting most of the Grenache and all of the Crouchen to Traminer and Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery also introduced new plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec, reflecting a commitment to exploring new varietals and crafting exceptional wines.

The Origin of Skillogalee: A Testament to Perseverance

Deep within the history of Skillogalee lies an inspiring tale of endurance. In the 1840s, the renowned explorer John Horrocks settled in Penwortham, a town he named after his English hometown. It was from this base that he led expeditions into the Flinders Ranges, aided by Afghan camels.

During one of these challenging journeys, Horrocks and his party faced numerous hardships, including illness, injuries, and harsh weather. As their provisions dwindled, they relied on meager sustenance known as "skillogalee" or "skilly," a simple porridge made from grass seeds and water. This dish, with its Celtic origins, was commonly served to prisoners in Ireland during that time.

In honour of their resilience and perseverance, Horrocks named a nearby creek Skillogalee upon returning to Penwortham. This creek, flowing through the lower end of the Skillogalee property, serves as a constant reminder of the strength and determination that underpin the brand.

Experience Skillogalee: A Legacy of Award-Winning Wines

For over fifty years, Skillogalee has crafted exceptional wines that embody the rich history and dedication to quality. Indulge in the exquisite flavours and explore the extensive range of award-winning wines that have made Skillogalee a beloved name in Australian winemaking.

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