Behind the Bottle

The Summerfield family has been growing grapes and transforming them into deep, hearty, bold reds for over 40 years. It is not just the Summerfield family’s longevity in the wine making business that has lead them to being revered by red lovers, it is also their complete commitment to the grapes and to producing a special, memorable red wine. 


Ian Summerfield (with Bonnie)

Ian's philosophy in the vineyard is where everything starts. Minimal intervention is the critical element in growing and developing the Summerfield vines, it is not without daily and sometimes hourly fruit inspections, taste and colour tests throughout the season and intensive handpicking that the wines quality will be ensured. The wines are handmade in small batches to ensure consistency and quality in every bottle. Such meticulous techniques have earned Summerfield widespread acclaim for producing consistent, quality wines.


Mark Summerfield

Since Mark became head winemaker in 1999, Summerfield wines have been further enriched. Marks passion and dedication to the business and the wines has taken the business to a new level with Summerfield wines now being recognised as some of Australia’s/World’s best Red wines. Mark has continued to make the wines in a traditional way with all the red wine being handpicked, open vat fermented, basket pressed and finished fermentation in oak. When Mark commenced as winemaker they were producing approximately 25-30 tonnes of grapes, which has risen now to approximately 150 tonnes – an impressive rate of expansion. But, the Summerfield promise has remained unchanged and the traditional methods of winemaking have not been compromised.