This fastidious producer of consistently excellent estate-grown table wines shuns publicity and is less known than is deserved, selling much of its wine through the cellar door and to a loyal mailing list clientele. It is very much a family affair: Brian Devitt is at the helm, winemaking is by his daughter Catherine, and viticulture by son Richard who is also a qualified winemaker. Exports to Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, Denmark, Germany, the UK and the US. -JAMES HALLIDAY
Now a 3rd generation winery, established by the Devitt family in 1975, Ashbrook produced its first commercial wine in 1979 and has just completed its 37th vintage. Currently owned and operated by Carol and Brian Devitt, daughter Catherine Edwards, son Richard and son-in-law Kingsley Edwards, Ashbrook has now been a family business for over 40 years. Only grapes handpicked and grown on the Estate are used and all processing, winemaking, bottling and packaging are closely controlled using the Estate’s own private facilities.
Extensive use of the sophisticated “lyre” trellising system in the vineyard maximizes flavour potential and allows Ashbrook to produce only a premium label for each grape variety.
All vineyard management techniques, including the application of composted mulch, are focused on the sustainable maintenance of excellent vine health.