Feb 01 2011
Tim Adams cannot believe his luck. Less than 18 months after his 'deal of the century' that saw him snap up 75 hectares of established Leasingham vines in the Clare Valley from Constellation Wines Australia....Adams has done it again. This time, with his wife and business partner Pam Goldsack he has become owner of the historic 5000 tonne Leasinghamn winery itself, plus its cellar door for a similar bargain basement deal.
Adams and Goldsack have not purchased the Leasingham wine brand, but will operate the winery as Tim Adams Contract Processing as a facility for small local growers and producers. The brand's existing base on Warenda Road, which includes its winery, office and cellar door will continue to operate as Tim Adams Wines.
Since his business began in 1987, Adams has been a popular champion of the Clare Valley and its wines. He began his winemaking career in 1975 as a cellarhand at Leasingham under the revered Mick Knappstein, so he finds the development more of a homecoming than a new venture. In addition to a new range of wines to be called Mr Mick's, Adams and Goldsack will also produce a range of wines made and sold for Variety S.A., The Children's Charity.
Constellation Wines Australia's president Troy Christensen, recognises the opportunity this sale respresents for the Clare community and how important it is for the famous site to retain a strong local connection.
Australian Gourmet Traveller, WINE
Text by Jeremy Oliver