Stephen George is the founder of Ashton Hills and a pioneer of the Piccadilly Valley.
Through “sheer luck” in 1981, he discovered a precious place in the Piccadilly Valley; a three-hectare brussels sprout farm with superb Pinot Noir growing potential. The site is high, foggy, and one of the coolest areas in South Australia, destined for Pinot greatness.
And so the journey began. Ever searching for the perfect Pinot Noir for his patch of dirt, Stephen trialled more than 25 different Pinot Noir clones over 30 years, finally settling on five standouts responsible for the acclaimed Reserve and Estate Pinot Noirs, as well as the knockout range of sparkling wines.
In 2015 Ashton Hills was bought by Wirra Wirra causing quite a stir of excitement.
The sale was so Stephen could take a step back into semi-retirement, (although his version of semi-retirement still very much looks like a full-time job!) and he has been joined in the winery and vineyard by the dynamic Liam Van-Pelt. A breath of fresh air, but ultimately maintaining Stephen’s high standards, the same high standards that make Ashton Hills such a standout and we’re stoked to be able to offer you their wines.