Take a walk back through time

The first vine planted was Shiraz in block C5 which is adjacent to our current cellar door.

This vine was planted by Max Schubert – a pioneering Australian Winemaker.

The vineyard was originally planted predominately with white varieties.

At this time, Max Schubert’s view was developing a premium vineyard with the intent to produce a white Grange utilising the Chardonnay grapes.

The original planting in 1980 was approximately 80 hectares.

In the very immediate time frame following this, more land purchases were made to continue vineyard development which peaked at approximately 240ha in the late 1990’s.

This large scale vineyard operation became viable due to the introduction of mechanical harvesting and pruning.

An industry decline and company restructure resulted in the vineyard being offered for sale in 2009 amongst many other vineyards across the state.

In 2010 the Jaeschke family purchased Hill River Clare Estate.

The family’s first harvest for wine production under the Hill River Clare Estate Label was in 2011.

A combination of rain, hail and disease resulted in just a Semillon being produced, marking the beginning of the Hill River Clare Estate Brand.

In 2012 a Riesling and Sangiovese were add to the portfolio..  This was the beginning of the Jaeschke family’s involvement and commitment to the South Australian Wine Industry.

2013 was exciting!

Our wine show success began.

This marked the start of many accolades for our single vineyard wines, now available for you to enjoy exclusively through our Cellar Door and Online.

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Some Points

Land Purchased


The section of land that is now Hill River Clare Estate was purchased by Penfolds to plant a premium vineyard in the Clare Valley.

Jaeschkes Purchase


Jaeschke family purchased the vineyard from the Fosters Group.

Our First Vintage


One of the worst vintages ever in the Valley for disease and rain damage. We began grafting vines and made the decision to re-build the vineyard to perform better.



Made our first wine - a 2011 Semillion.

Wine Show Success


2013 Riesling won a trophy and gold medal at London International Wine Challenge. The beginning of many more awards for our Rieslings and other wines.

Cellar Door


Decision was made to sell our wine through the cellar door. We started with a card table in the corner of an ATCO hut – open on weekends.

Family Friendly


Additional upgrades to our Cellar Door including outdoor deck, lawn area and bbq area available to our guests to picnic on.

Jaeschkes Country House


Addition of Jaeschkes Country House to our vineyard, welcoming guests to stay a little longer.