Fox Creek has a passionate winemaking history based on a standard of excellence strived for in every drop that bears our name. It’s a life-long passion that dates back to 1984 when Helen and Dr. Jim Watts purchased a 32 hectare McLaren Vale property on Malpas Road, for a delicious diversion — becoming winemakers.
Ironically, they were advised against growing vines in the black clay soils that had previously been used for planting barley. Undeterred by the sceptics, their enthusiasm and careful nuturing of the young vines paid off. The vineyard bore exceptionally good quality fruit, which in turn, resulted in exceptionally good wine.
At first, their grapes were sold to other wineries in McLaren Vale, until Jim and Helen took advantage of the recently acquired winemaking skills of their daughter. The excellent 1994 award-winning wine they made, now Reserve Shiraz, was feted as McLaren Vale’s Wine of the Year in 1995.
A prestigious beginning for Fox Creek, newly named by Helen, who drew inspiration from the winery’s winter creek and its resident foxes.
The family’s commitment to the McLaren Vale wine region went hand-in-hand with a determination to cultivate a discerning wine brand exuding the qualities of craftsmanship, innovation, consistency and authenticy. The rest is international award-winning history.
At Fox Creek we bring a little bit of the past into the future. It’s a fine balance of old and new. The nineteenth century stone cottage, home to our Cellar Door is just 400 metres away from our state-of-the-art winery complex. The winery, which is completely under cover and insulated in order to reduce temperature variation, accommodates many small stainless steel tanks and elevated open fermenters. Thick, thermal-mass insulated concrete walls reduce the evaporation of wine from oak barrels in the large-barrel hall by maintaining a high humidity and consistent year round temperature. Our wines are not mass-produced. It is more about a discovery of a wine that we honestly care about—deeply and unswervingly. Every one of our countless decisions is dedicated to a single-minded result and you can taste our passion in every bottle, every variety, from every vintage.