Fox Creek Wines

Fox Creek Wines 3 Shiraz


Fox Creek Wines is a family owned winery. Visitors are always welcome at our cosy nineteenth century stone Cellar Door cottage where they can taste the award winning wines whilst enjoying one of the bi-monthly art exhibitions or a relaxing picnic in the beautiful gardens amongst ancient eucalypt and olive trees.

Location Description

Conveniently located 45 kilometers south of Adelaide, between the villages of McLaren Vale and Willunga on the Fleurieu Peninsula.


  • Family owned, award winning winery.

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Scott was born and grew up in the modern, regional city of Mildura which stands on the Victorian side of the Murray River, 540km from Melbourne.

His family has had a long association with viticulture and Scott spent many seasons reluctantly helping harvest the fruit.

When Scott finished high school , he pursued a Bachelor of Science at Flinders University in South Australia. Completing his degree in 1992, he was still unsure as to what he wanted to do with the next stage of his life.

Scott returned to Mildura to contemplate his future and while doing so worked a vintage with Mildara Blass. It was during this time that his love for wine blossomed as he thoroughly enjoyed the work. At the end of vintage Scott enthusiastically took up the permanent position offered, enabling him to learn the ropes from an experienced crew. Over a short period of time, Scott rapidly expanded his wine knowledge and established a desire to learn more.

Senior Winemaker, Alan Harris, encouraged Scott to study winemaking, so he enrolled in the Charles Sturt University’s Wine Science course. Studying by distance enabled Scott to work in the industry whilst he comepleted the course, allowing him to combine theoretical knowledge with practical application and he completed the course in 2002.

Scott spent five vintages at Mildura Blass, departing in 1997 to work as assistant winemaker at McWilliams Wines in Yenda. Under the guidance of Winemaker, Russell Cody, Scott learnt the intricisies of red winemaking. After three vintages with Russell, Scott changed his colours and became the White Winemaker under the watchful eye of Jim Brayne, before advancing to Senior White Winemaker, a position which he held for another three years.

Scott needed a sea change and spent the 2004 vintage in Padthaway before settling into his current role as Senior Winemaker at Fox Creek Wines. Since late 2004 Scott has been set the challenge of using both his red and white winemaking experience and creativity to produce top quality wines.


The Fox Creek story began when a small group of doctors and their wives decided to pursue a lifelong passion – creating wine from bare earth and sunshine. The earth was found at McLaren Vale, one of South Australia’s premier wine regions, globally renowned for its Shiraz. The sunshine was free.

Between them and their families Fox Creek Wines was born and what a success their venture has been!

When Jim and Helen Watts bought the 32 hectare Fox Creek Vineyard property in 1984, they were advised against planting vines in the black clay soils that had previously been used for growing barley. Undeterred by the sceptics, they nurtured the young vines which bore fruit – exceptionally high quality fruit – and lovingly converted it into supreme quality wine!

As we believe wine is principally created in the vineyard, great care is given to the vines. Many of the vineyards are trellised to expose the grapes to sunshine and free movement of air which reduces susceptibility to disease. Our premium wines are sourced entirely from grapes grown in the McLaren Vale region and most of them from our own vineyards.

Fox Creek’s flagship wine was the 1994 Shiraz, which won the Trophy for the best wine at the McLaren Vale Wine Show in 1995. Fox Creek has subsequently won this award in 1998 and 2003 and successive vintages of this wine, now called the Reserve Shiraz, have achieved international acclaim. As Fox Creek’s success continues, many of the wines have been recognised with trophies and medals from national and international shows. The range of wines made by Fox Creek has gradually increased to seventeen.

In 1996, our Cellar Door was opened in a nineteenth century stone cottage built by the Malpas family in the 1880’s. It is located only 45 kilometers South of Adelaide, South Australia and is surrounded by beautiful grounds with a lake, water birds, ancient large eucalypt and olive trees adjacent to the bridge which crosses ‘Fox Creek’ on the way to the historic cottage.

In early 2000, construction of a 1,500 tonne capacity winery was completed. The decision to install stainless steel open fermenters rather than rotary fermenters was made due to the quality benefits this traditional method offers. The winery has a maximum storage capacity of 600,000 litres. This includes a range of small storage tanks to support the “boutique” winemaking approach the company has adopted.

In 2005, Scott Zrna joined the company as senior winemaker. Formerly senior winemaker for McWilliams, Scott brought with him a bounty of creativity and experience, which allowed Fox Creek’s wine to continue to develop and progress from strength to strength.

Fox Creek is an active supporter of the arts and has been the official wine sponsor of one of Adelaide’s major festivals, The Adelaide International Guitar Festival since 2007. In mid 2009, Fox Creek put key product information in braille and large print on the back labels of our wines to assist the visually impaired. Fox Creek also supports many other cultural events and since 2002, has supplied the wine for book launches by Wakefield Press, Adelaide’s longest standing independent publishing and distribution company.

The Team

Administrative and Sales Staff:

Paul Rogers, Chief Executive Officer
James Carman, National Sales & Export Manager
Simon Burley, Marketing Manager
Kristin McLarty (nee Watts), Customer Relations & Direct Sales Manager
Caroline Kuchel, Finance Manager
Rebecca Kennedy, Production Planning & Warehouse Manager
Claire Suckling, Marketing Coordinator
Claire Robins, Customer Service Officer
Holly Little, Warehouse Assistant

Cellar Door Staff:

Georgy Rogers (nee Watts), Cellar Door Manager
Reg Cazzolato
Bun Hoskin
Judy Grindle
Annie O'Dell
Amelia Fletcher
Sacha Moody
Gerlinde Rupp
Helen Watts
Dr James Watts
Roland Roccioletti, Chairman
Helen Watts
Dr James Watts
Kristin McLarty
Scott Zrna, Senior Winemaker
Ben Tanzer, Assistant Winemaker
Winemaking Staff
Daniel Filmer, Cellar Supervisor
Yolanda Dehaaij, Lab Technician
Dan Matthews, Cellarhand
Nigel Edward-Wright, Cellarhand

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Malpas Road
McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171

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