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We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live and work. We recognise and respect their cultural heritage and beliefs, as well as their spiritual relationship with the land, sea, waterways and sky and that they are of continuing importantance to the Kaurna people living today.  

Our Story

We are a husband and wife winemaking and grape growing team. Both second generation winemakers, with over 35 vintages of experience between us -  both in McLaren Vale and abroad. 

Our philosophy is simple - to make wine we love from the regions we love. Clare Valley Riesling, Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir, and of course, from our home in McLaren Vale - Shiraz and Grenache.

Our logo reflects the connection between the generations of winemakers within our families. The cursive script pays homage to various Cooter family businesses dating back to 1847.

The Vineyard

In 2012, we found our dream vineyard and Cooter & Cooter was born. It’s situated on the southern slopes of Whites Valley, McLaren Vale. It's 70 acres consists mostly of Shiraz, planted in the mid-nineties, some beautiful, gnarly old vine Grenache planted in 1960, as well as some younger Grenache, Cabernet and more recent plantings of Mataro and Fiano.

Our vineyard is on a sustainable agriculture journey to minimise environmental impacts and inputs. This includes being certified members of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia (SWA), as well as converting to organic and biodynamic practices and preparations, although not yet certified.

Whites Valley is located on the boundary of the Willunga and Sellicks Foothills in the McLaren Vale wine region. The soil geology is known as the Christies Beach Formation, which consists of a sequence of red brown alluvial fan clays, sands and gravels. This formation is well drained and ideal for the development of vine roots. The fan sediments were deposited about 125,000 years ago by watercourses flowing across the Willunga Fault from the Sellicks Hill Range. (Aldam, R., et al, 2019, Geology of the McLaren Vale Wine Region)

We love, live and raise our little family on the vineyard.

Kimberly & James Cooter

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