Wines with a Cause: Sevenhill Cellars, a Not-for-Profit Winery
Located in the picturesque Clare Valley, Sevenhill Cellars was settled by the Jesuit priests in 1851, making it the oldest winery in the Clare Valley, South Australia. The settlement includes the magnificent Anglo gothic St Aloysius Church, the Jesuit residence as well as the historic Winery complete with underground cellar. The buildings are surrounded by vineyards and a large lawn area, perfect for picnics and relaxation.
The initial purpose of the cellars was to provide sacramental wine for religious use. In the 1930’s, they began producing table and fortified wines and now have a large range of both which can be sampled at the historic Cellar Door.
Sevenhill Cellars has a rich, viticultural resource of premium, low-yielding vineyards. Sevenhill's wines are highly regarded for their unique character, which reflect the individuality of our vineyards and their prized location in the Clare Valley.
Sevenhill has over 90 hectares of vines, growing 17 different grape varietals in all. Their most common varietals are Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling. Their oldest vines are of the Shiraz varietal and they are over 160 years old, planted by the original Jesuit settlers.
Their Cellar Door has just been awarded by Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine - Best Large Cellar Door in Clare Valley in the Australia’s Best Cellar Door Awards 2020. They are thrilled to be recognised in our region. They have also won Cellar Door of the Year in October 2018 at the Langtons Clare Valley Wine Show. Their team continually strives to offer exceptional customer service and a memorable experience to every customer that visits Sevenhill.
Owned by the Jesuit Society and a not-for-profit organisation, Sevenhill Cellars is a unique business in a retail environment. All their proceeds from their successful cellar door and wine sales are donated back to the Jesuit Society to enable them to assist others in need. Funding goes towards projects both Internationally and within Australia. Some projects are refugee assistance, livelihood training in International countries, homelessness, education, poverty reduction, natural disasters, medical care and empowerment projects.
With four Jesuits living here at Sevenhill, we are privy to seeing the work they do in their local community. They run the five local parishes in their region, The Sevenhill Spirituality Retreat Centre and provide religious guidance to the local Catholic School.
As the only Jesuit-owned winery in the world, Sevenhill's religious and historical significance is a draw card for thousands of visitors every year.