Ashton Hills Vineyard


Liam’s career at Ashton Hills started with vintage 2019 as an assistant winemaker, cellar hand, barista and right-hand man to Stephen George. After receiving the nod from Stephen post-vintage for his wine and coffee making skills, Liam was appointed winemaker at Ashton Hills. On any given day Liam can be found pruning the vineyard, working cellar door, making wine with Stephen or spending time in trade.

After completing his bachelor degree in Oenology at Adelaide University in 2010, Liam spent time in Chianti and Sardegna. He returned home and has made wine at Adelina/Some Young Punks and Grosset in the Clare Valley, Thomas Wines in the Hunter Valley and d’Arenberg, Geddes Wine and Chapel Hill in McLaren Vale.

Liam was selected to undertake the Len Evans Tutorial in 2015 and has judged at many national and regional wine shows.

Ashton Hills Vineyard


'Unremitting attention to detail'

“Ashton Hills is the most distinguished site in South Australia for Pinot Noir; Stephen George’s unremitting attention to detail has made Ashton Hills the one Grand Cru of the state.”
James Halliday


Ashton Hills produces three pinot noirs in a style that reflects the region’s strong similarity to Burgundy. Production levels have stayed true to the boutique nature of the winery’s beginnings.

Ashton Hills Reserve Pinot Noir

Following the maturation period, a few barrels are carefully selected as being the “best of the best”, highlighting the finest expression of pinot noir from the estate and with the potential for significant ageing. The Reserve is the pinnacle of the range showing lifted perfume notes, and a depth of flavour, character and length that should live beyond 10 years in the bottle. While displaying many of the traits associated with the Estate Pinot Noir, the Reserve sees more new oak and tends to carry greater weight and structure, providing the “bones” for extended cellaring. By its nature, quantities are very limited from each vintage.

Ashton Hills Estate Pinot Noir

The Estate Pinot Noir is sourced purely from our five preferred clones. The pinot fruit is destemmed via a small, customised, gentle destemmer that keeps as many whole berries as possible. The fruit is then basket pressed, and the wine is made without any sulphur additions until bottling. Some whole bunches are included, and the percentage varies according to the style of the vintage. The pinot is then matured in one and two year old barriques prior to bottling. It is designed to be enjoyed upon release, however careful cellaring will see the wine evolve handsomely for at least another five years.

Ashton Hills Piccadilly Valley Pinot Noir

The Piccadilly Valley Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit from premium Piccadilly Valley vineyards, topped up with a parcel of Ashton Hills reserve/estate fruit. The result is typically a medium bodied palate with the influence of Piccadilly Valley providing juicy fruit from the warmer climate, along with fine structured tannins that are typical of the Ashton Hills Vineyard.


Ashton Hills Riesling

Ashton Hills crafts a limited amount of riesling in a signature European style with lightness of body and delicate intensity. Winner of the Best Riesling at the Adelaide Hills Wine show in 2001, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2018, the Ashton Hills Riesling offers a tactful alternative to the stronger acidity of the Clare and Eden Valley rieslings. In a region whose reputation for world class riesling continues to blossom, it is a wine made in a style that is quite unique to Ashton Hills.


Ashton Hills Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Commencing in 2017, we released the Ashton Hills Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay from fruit chosen off the Chapel Valley block adjacent to the old cemetery in Piccadilly Valley.  The following year we added Chardonnay from the Quigley Block, a stones’ throw from the winery, so although no longer single vineyard, this chardonnay is crafted with texture and character, which are hallmark traits of the original AHV Chardonnays.


Sparkling Shiraz

Stephen George’s take on this cult style is, without question, one of the titans of the genre. Given that its fruit is drawn from one of Australia’s most revered vineyards in Wendouree, including a healthy portion from vines planted in 1919, perhaps this will come as no surprise. Highly awarded – the 2010 was runner up for Sparkling Red of the Year in Tyson Stelzer’s 2018 Australian Sparkling Report, and crafted from only the best vintages, there’s no denying this special wine’s breathtaking complexity, texture and balance.

Sparkling Pinot Noir

Ashton Hills is justly respected for the class of its sparkling white wine, which are only produced when the vintage conditions allow. Produced in limited quantities, the Ashton Hills Sparkling Pinot Noir Rose has a purity of taste, finesse and a clean finish that is typical of the style and the region from which it originates.