Dowie Doole


You can taste informally around a couple of high tables with our knowledgeable tasting room staff, or purchase our Wine Flight of the Week for $10 (redeemable upon purchase), consisting of a selection of our premium wines. We also offer a delightful cheese platter that can be enjoyed on our deck or the lawn, having partnered with our friends at The Smelly Cheese Shop to make sure you are enjoying cheese from around the world that are matched to our wines.

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Located in the heart of McLaren Vale , South Australia.


Fax: 08 8323 8895


  • Strange name ... serious wine.

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Chris has been a member of the DOWIE DOOLE team since 2008, working with DOWIE DOOLE through Boar's Rock and in 2011 he came onboard as Chief Winemaker. Chris graduated in Oenology from the University of Adelaide in 2003 and has a wealth of experience working for top wineries including Fox Creek and Serafino Wines in McLaren Vale and also abroad with Domaine Changarnier in Burgundy. Chris has won a host of awards for his winemaking including the Trophy for Best McLaren Vale Icon Red Wine at the 2010 McLaren Vale Wine Show for the 2007 Serafino “Sharktooth” Shiraz. He is also actively involved in the wine industry and is on the committee for the McLaren Vale Wine Show. Chris is responsible for all DD winemaking and has worked closely with Founders to continue to produce the well known varieties with the same high quality. In 2015 Chris, along with other investors, bought DOWIE DOOLE and took on the role of Managing Director. He travels the world spreading the Dowie Doole story.


DOWIE DOOLE came to fruition in 1995, when architect/grape grower Drew Dowie joined forces with international banker/grape grower Norm Doole and Leigh Gilligan, grape grower and veteran wine marketer.

They realised from the start that the strength of DOWIE DOOLE was the suite of widely-varying premium vineyards that the partners could draw upon.

From the coastal south-east of the prime Willunga Basin, through Blewitt Springs, onto the cooler Willunga escarpment, and right into the higher country over the ridge, these vineyards provide a range of flavours and ripening timeframes that are second to none in this beautiful region on the Gulf St Vincent, patron of viticulturers.

The Team

DOWIE DOOLE Founders - Drew Dowie, Norm Doole & Leigh Gilligan:


Born and educated in Winnipeg, Canada, Norm Doole has a very busy life. During his time as Vice President National Bank of Canada (Asia) based in Japan, he visited McLaren Vale once too often. He bumped into architect Drew Dowie in 1984, had him design a home on the Range, and by 1993 he was growing grapes in the revered vineyard he’d bought with his wife Jane on California Road. Norm’s fruit is sought after by some highly glamorous names, but the best goes to DOWIE DOOLE. Norm’s a Director of Boar’s Rock winery, a Board member of McLaren Vale Wine Industry Ltd, and Chairman of the Willunga Basin Water Co, a private business that supplies McLaren Vale vineyards with recycled water. When the Founders decided to sell the business to Chris Thomas, Norm bought shares back in and remains on the Board of Directors.


Drew’s from a great Adelaide family that’s overloaded with artists, adventurers and intellectuals. He’s a partner in Angus + Dowie, an architectural firm specializing in winery design. With his partner Lulu Lunn and their daughters, they live on their beautiful old Tintookie Vineyard at Blewitt Springs in the northern uplands of McLaren Vale. Lulu’s the viti boss: she was Cellar Manager at Wirra Wirra Vineyards and spent years working with David Paxton, one of Australia’s most far-sighted viticulture consultants. Drew retired in 2015 when the business sold.


Having graduated from Macquarie and Adelaide Universities, and done his time teaching secondary school, Leigh has managed national and international wine marketing and sales for thirty years. Having served long stints at Wirra Wirra Vineyards, McLaren Vale, and Rymill Winery, Coonawarra, he became a Director at Boar’s Rock winery and managed DOWIE DOOLE on a day-today basis for many years. Leigh previously owned the Old Rifle Range Vineyard in the foothills which produces dry-grown Shiraz. Leigh retired officially in 2015 and remains as a consultant at DOWIE DOOLE and occasionally mans the Tasting Room.

Our National Sales Manager - Robyn Loveday:

Robyn has worked in the sales of wine since 2004. She began her career with the Hardy Wine Company as an Account Manager, and sold the multi-regional Australian and New Zealand portfolio for more than 5 years. She was awarded National Account Manager of the year in 2008, and spent time with Ravenswood Wines in Sonoma in the Napa Valley, California as part of the reward. Moving on to work for Mezzanine Wines in 2009, she gained experience selling a myriad of acclaimed international wines, and smaller boutique Australian brands. In 2013 she was employed by Grant Burge Wines as a Sales Manager for South Australia. Working with a family owned and an iconic South Australian brand was the driving force for her move, and ironically - the career move that introduced her to us at Dowie Doole. Grant Burge Wines merged with the Rathbone Family, who owned the distribution agency that our wine was in the portfolio for at the time. Robyn fell in love with the team and the wines instantly, and in her 2 years selling Dowie Doole, has come to not only be one of our proudest ambassadors, but also our National Sales Manager. She has the exciting opportunity to manage sales domestically, and spread our stories and our wines to each Australian market.

Our Accounts Manager - Fay Braybrook-Eldridge:

Fay has been with the DOWIE DOOLE team since January 2014. She is currently undertaking study to become a fully qualified Accountant and is the Accounts Manager at DOWIE DOOLE. Fay moved to Australia from Indonesia in 2002 and first met our Winemaker Chris through work at Boars Rock in 2008, where she did data entry, accounts and admin up until 2012. Fay handles all the accounts for DOWIE DOOLE, she also takes care of some of our exports and can sometimes be seen leading a tasting in our Tasting Room! Fay enjoys Indonesian dancing with her dance club and is also excellent at cooking traditional Indonesian dishes to compliment our wines.

Practices & Techniques

Here at DOWIE DOOLE, we believe that wine is a form of art; a companion to a breadth of events, the perfect match to that meal, the well received gift and the drink that tantalises all kinds of taste buds. DOWIE DOOLE has been working for 20 years to produce and present rich, high quality wine that is well loved and remembered. As we always say - Strange name... Serious wine!

DOWIE DOOLE came to fruition in 1995, when grape growers Drew Dowie and Norm Doole joined forces with veteran wine marketer and grower, Leigh Gilligan. They realised from the start that the strength of DOWIE DOOLE was the suite of widely-varying premium vineyards that the founders could draw upon.

20 years later, DOWIE DOOLE is still committed to growing, producing and marketing premium classic regional wines from McLaren Vale, South Australia, using fruit grown predominantly by the three partners. Some of the finest and earliest planted vineyard sites in McLaren Vale are now home to the DOWIE DOOLE family vineyards

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McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171

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