Bellwether Wines

While in the Coonawarra during the recent school holidays, Jamie and I discovered a gorgeous winery with its own produce garden.


On the Riddoch Hwy in the Coonawarra, Bellwether Wines is housed in a converted Shearing Shed.


Built by Chinese labourers en-route to the gold fields in 1868, the Glen Roy Shearing Shed has been beautifully renovated and now houses the boutique winery, cellar door and a community kitchen.

Filled with lots of quirky and vintage items, the interior is gloriously homey and welcoming.

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Unfortunately, we did not get to meet the founder Sue Bell, but we did meet some of her extended family and we tried her wines – and bought some to cellar too! While Jamie stayed inside and talked wine, I wandered around the property taking photos accompanied by Mabel the winery dog.081

The owner’s eclectic decorating style was also evident outside.

048.jpg0475Behind the shed is a camping ground with powered and unpowered sites and some glamping tents. A really impressive amenities block – that includes a deep bath – is available to campers, as well as the use of the community kitchen and produce from the garden. 049.jpg


The Glen Roy produce garden was established in 2011, using the well-composted sheep poo from the interior of the shearing shed.


The garden was filled with veggies, herbs and edible weeds.


Though small it contained lots of different styles of vegetable beds.


With so many ornamental and flowering plants amongst the vegetable and herbs, the garden is a haven for bees.


The chook shed at the end of the garden; only one occupant popped out to say hello to me.


I was particularly envious of the lush nettle patch.


There is fruit as well as veggies.


And plenty of fun things in the garden too.067059085077079050The property also has a number of Highland cattle.



It was certainly a pleasant afternoon at Bellwether, a place I am sure we will revisit.


We are in no way affiliated with the winery and were not paid to write this post, we just know a good thing when we find it!


About A Kailyard in Adelaide

A Kailyard in Adelaide! We are working hard to be domestically sustainable in the foothills of Adelaide. As we both work fulltime this is not an easy task, but we do our best growing much of our own produce in our yard and in our community garden plots. We reduce, recycle and reuse as much as possible and try hard to not consume mindlessly. We have 5000 l of rainwater, a 5 kw solar system, and use a green energy provider for all our excess needs. Rachel: Mother, partner, teacher, writer, reader, crafter, cook, gardener, artist. Jamie: Father, partner, lecturer, therapist, would-be-politician, gardener, photographer, music lover.
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