What to do when you find yourself in Cygnet River on Kangaroo Island

At the risk of plagiarising massively and being accused of being very lazy, I am going to use the most excellent work of our neighbours, Islander Estate and post the link to their recent blog which details all of the fabulous things you can do when in Cygnet River. Click on the link below

Islander Estate Wines Blog

Cygnet River; not only a place, but a state of mind…. to paraphrase Eddie Maguire…..

I should do some of my own work, however, so in no particular order, here are some photos of the vineyard and winery from recent times: you can see new Springs Road employee Zoe Wauchope. She is pictured with Eddie the poodle under the pistachio tree (Eddie belongs to Erin Stacey, see more). Zoe hails from the Adelaide Hills and her formative hospitality years have been spent at her family’s Glen Ewin Estate, a magnificent establishment that incorporates the Gate House, the Pulp Shed wedding venue, Fig Gin, Figs and wine storage facilities. Glen Ewin was also the scene of much of Louise’s socialising when she was first in Australia back in the late 90’s, well before the era of the smart phone, which is a Good Thing.

Erin Stacey has had more hospitality experience than you can poke a stick at, as well as being a gun cellar hand and poodle fancier to boot. Erin is a self-styled ‘cellar hand/ booze hag’ and I know Joch is eyeing her off (professionally, of course) to come and work in the Bosworth Wines Cellar for vintage 2021. Fingers crossed.

Erin took the arty shot of the Springs Road Shiraz, which is drinking beautifully; I have also popped in a shot of the Second Valley Cheese and the Spring Seed Wine Co ‘Gypsy’ Blanc de Blancs that you find here at cellar door. Lots of lovely treats to be found at the top of the hill.

As well as the Springs Road Shiraz, we also have the small volume ‘Terre Napoleon’ Shiraz, named after the map from which we derived our labels.

The map (full name ‘Carte Generale de la Terre Napoleon’) was released in 1808 and was drawn by the cartographer who travelled with Baudin on his voyage of discovery of the southern ocean. The map was the first detailed chart of southern Australia and stretched from the Nullabor all the way to Wilson’s Promontory in Victoria.

Tigger the dachshund will very likely greet you when you come up to our cellar door. She often lies on the ramp leaving up to the deck as she can keep her beady eye on incoming visitors as well as those pesky ibis.

We are all stocked up and ready with plenty of wine in the store. We use Tiff and Kath from KI Complete to bring wine over from our cellar door in Willunga. Tiff was a lead hand at mine in her previous life and so can drive practically any machine, which is lucky as she had to get the pallets off the truck using a tractor with a round bale as a counterweight….. We are not shy about using our cellar door guests to help unload pallets by hand. Willa and Mary, parents of the aforementioned Zoe rocked up just in time to help. Thanks Willa!

When you are heading to the cellar door from the Playford Highway, hopefully you won’t be able to miss the turning (opposite 761) as well now have a massive red feather flag which says cellar door loud and clear….we have one at the top as well, so you have a point to navigate to – it’s a long driveway up past the sheep, vines and chooks. You literally can’t miss it. Thanks Dean Wiles for the nice shot.

Once you are up at cellar door, it is time to have a taste of the Springs Road wines (and some of our guest stars from the mainland at Battle of Bosworth and Spring Seed Wines ) and kick back and relax; for inspiration here is Tigger showing you how it is done. See you up here soon.

Post COVID-19 Springs Road Cellar Door News

Opening up the Door again at Springs Road June 2020

We are opening up again over the long weekend; Friday the 5th, Saturday the 6th, Sunday the 7th and Monday the 8th June at Springs Road, after being closed for a couple of months or so. Come and see us! We will be open from 12-4pm.



We will be open for glass and bottle sales, takeaway sales and nibbles from our various friends from the island and on the Fleurieu. We will have to remember our social distancing rules and stand apart! We all know the rules now, don’t we? Plenty of sanitiser as well.

Of course we will have all of our Springs Road Wines available to buy by the bottle, case or glass: Shiraz, Cabernet, Chardonnay, Shiraz/ Cabernet and our super ‘Terre Napoleon’ Shiraz which is Joch’s selection of the best barrels of Shiraz from the 2017 vintage.

Make your way up the driveway from the Playford Highway (just opposite 761, down from Frogs and Roses) and take in the views on your way up. You can look back over towards Nepean Bay when you get to the cellar door. You can also pop in round the back way off Springs Road (no 183).


We have Pale Ale from Battle of Bosworth. For beer lovers, the Pale Ale is a generally considered a session ale, which I understand means it is nice enough to have more than one stubbie. Not being a beer lover myself, clearly. The Pale Ale is made using barley grown in front of the winery at Battle of Bosworth in Willunga, which means it is organic, too. Word around the street is there will be an organic whisky at some stage, but more about that later once Joch has seen fit to let us know.


We will have some of Jane’s wonderful Second Valley Cheese, plus some of our Spring Seed Organic bubbles ‘Gypsy’. We have a  few other ‘friends’ in cellar door from Battle of Bosworth and Spring Seed – namely the Spring Seed ‘Poppy’ Pinot Grigio, the Battle of Bosworth Sauvignon Blanc and the unoaked, preservative free Puritan Shiraz. Even more reasons to come and visit.


We’re putting the band back together as well for cellar door – well some of them, Annabel and Louise will be around, but Jane will be in her NEW cheese shop at Yankalilla,  The Little Cheese Room  Ruth Loechel is up in the desert keeping warm, but will be back on board soon.  We hope to see you over the weekend!

If you are mooching about Cygnet River, you should make a day or half day of it, and stop in at our neighbours (once you have visited us!);  Islander Estate Vineyards and KI Spirits. We are all within coo-ee of each other and have such great offerings. Make a day or half day of it. We look forward to seeing you…


Post fires

We are having some very un-February like weather both on the island and in McLaren Vale, which is perfect for ripening of wine grapes. We will have had a week of early to mid 20’s deg C which is Mary Poppins weather  – practically perfect.  Joch and the boys have well and truly started harvest at Bosworth, with the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio already picked. The Chardonnay is off too and is in barrel fermenting as we speak.

You can see Woody performing a very important harvest job of making sure the sausage dog doesn’t disappear after rabbits or hares, or even kangaroos. Don’t be deceived by Tigger’s diminutive stature, she is a hunting hound, well and truly. That’s young Tom Marshall in the background, our newest harvest worker, learning all about barrel cleaning while Woody does the important stuff.

We had a huge rain at Springs Road- I think about 55ml which was amazing after the long dry and the fires on the rest of the island. We had a good rain in McLaren Vale too, less than on KI, about an inch.

We’ve not seen one of these things for a very long time now. Umbrella? Is that the word?

We had a visit from the team from South Aussie with Cosi. They were in town for the KI cup and headed up to Springs Road for some filming for their show. Annabel was the lady in charge at cellar door and did a tasting for Cosi and a few of his friends who were heading off to watch their horse next day in the KI cup. Giddy up!

Annabel is not quite sure about Cosi here!

We still have our #BuyThemOut special on which means if you buy a mixed or straight 6 pack of our Springs Road KI wines, not only will you get our 5% off the case, but we will ship the wine free freight Australia wide. Click here to head to the wine shop. Remember to type in #BuyThemOut in the coupon box and press APPLY to get this special.

Cheers Joch and Louise