Hewitson

Hewitson Winery is located in South Australia’s Barossa Valley and is one of Australia’s most (if not the most) famous viticultural regions. The Barossa Valley sub-region is especially known for the quality of its dry-farmed, often very old Shiraz, Mourvèdre and Grenache vines and the inky dark wines they yield.

Dean Hewitson founded his eponymous winery in 1998. He is a highly respected winemaker with an oenology degree in 1986 from Roseworthy Agricultural College, located in north of Adelaide, South Australia. Over the next decade, Hewitson worked at wineries in Australia, France, Italy and Oregon. Hewitson then moved to the U.S. where he earned a Masters from UC-Davis. On his return home, Dean brought a wealth of knowledge, practical experience and a driving passion to produce wines not only from Barossa Valley, but also from the McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills regions.

Hewitson fundamentally believes great wines are the expression of the soils they are grown in and the season in which they are grown. With his longstanding focus on terroir—specific terroir plots in fact—many of Hewitson’s wines are single vineyard. He sources grapes from not only his own vineyards, but also from long standing grower contracts including a few sourced from some of the oldest living, still productive vines on plots that date back to the mid-19th century and are pre-phylloxera. His ‘Old Garden’ Mourvèdre is a single-vineyard wine, whose vines were planted in 1853 in Barossa Valley and are reputed to be the oldest Mourvèdre vines in the world. Hewitson’s ‘Miss Harry’ is sourced from a Grenache vineyard planted in 1880, also thought to be the oldest Grenache in existence.

Due to Hewitson’s education and experience in Australia, California and France, Hewitson wines combine Old-World traditions with New-World fruit purity. And while he clearly excels with Rhône Valley grape varieties, Hewitson also produces award-winning Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. A practitioner in solar energy, water recycling and encouraging natural biodiversity, Hewitson is proud to produce these wines in an environmentally sustainable fashion.

Current Selections

  • Lu Lu Shiraz

    Lu Lu Shiraz

    Terroir: The Hewitson LuLu Shiraz vineyard is superbly situated close to the coast. It brings cool climate elegance to Australia’s premier variety. ...

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  • Miss Harry Chardonnay

    Miss Harry Chardonnay

    Miss Harry is named after Chief Winemaker Dean Hewitson’s daughter Harriet. Hewitson believes great wines are the expression of the soils they are g ...

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  • Lu Lu Sauvignon Blanc

    Lu Lu Sauvignon Blanc

    Terroir: The Hewitson LuLu Sauvignon Blanc vineyard is superbly situated between Hahndorf and Mount Barker on one of the highest and coolest slopes in ...

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  • Gun Metal Riesling

    Gun Metal Riesling

    Eden Valley is recognised as one of the world’s great Riesling regions. This single vineyard is recognised as one of the best Eden Valley vineyards. ...

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  • Miss Harry Rhône Style Blend

    Miss Harry Rhône Style Blend

    From vines dating back to the 1870s. Traditional vineyards and traditional winemaking Nickname of Harriet Hewitson. Miss Harry is sourced from traditi ...

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  • Baby Bush Mourvedre

    Baby Bush Mourvedre

    With an average age of 15 years these Baby Bush vines take the pedigree of the world’s oldest Mourvèdre vineyard yet are imbued with the vibrancy a ...

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  • Old Garden Mourvedre

    Old Garden Mourvedre

    Eight rows of this rare and unique planting remain to this day at Rowland Flat and produce winemaker Dean Hewitson’s much-lauded single-vineyard tab ...

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  • Ned and Henry's Shiraz

    Ned and Henry's Shiraz

    "A very good friend of mine challenged me to produce a traditional, full-bodied Barossa Valley wine with the only criteria that it could be drunk youn ...

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  • Falkenberg Shiraz

    Falkenberg Shiraz

    Falkenberg Shiraz is Hewitson's premier Shiraz cuvée. The grapes are carefully harvested and fermented then matured in French oak. The wine is incre ...

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