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Thursday 1 November 2018

Huge expansion for McLaren Vale winery Dowie Doole

McLaren Vale wine producer Dowie Doole is undergoing a major expansion following the purchase of Possums Wines at Belwitt Springs, comprising a 500-tonne winery and 34.6 hectare vineyard.

Possums Wines, owned and managed by Dr John Possingham and Carol Summers since 1984, had been on the market since 2016. 

Possums Vineyard
Dr Possingham headed the CSIRO’s program of horticulture research for 30 years.

Possums Vineyard is located on Adams Road, Blewitt Springs – a coveted sub-region of McLaren Vale with approximately 28.6 hectares under vine planted to shiraz, grenache, cabernet sauvignon and malbec with chardonnay, pinot gris and viognier making up the white varietal plantings. 

“Viticulturally, the new Vineyard is very exciting as it offers a host of new varieties to play with and old-vine shiraz and grenache planted in 1955,” said Dowie Doole chief winemaker Chris Thomas. 

The sale expands Dowie Doole's position as growers in McLaren Vale with estate vineyard holdings set to nearly double from 35 to 63.6 hectares under vine. 

Possums winery is an advanced facility with state-of-the-art winery plant and equipment, storage, offices, laboratory and climate-controlled barrel store. 

Dowie Doole will carry on producing wines under the Possums brands: 

A new cellar door is currently under construction at Dowie Doole's Tatachilla Vineyard located on California Road, McLaren Vale. 

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