a few things about
Sidewood Estate is nestled in the cool climate region of the Adelaide Hills, the heart of Australian premium wine. Highlighted in the region map, Sidewood is located in the Mount Lofty Ranges, a short drive east from Adelaide, South Australia’s capital city.
1. Cellar Door at Maximilian’s Restaurant and Verdun Vineyard
2. Head Office, Stables and Oakbank Vineyard
3. Winery and Cidery and Nairne Vineyard
4. Echunga Vineyard
Owners and Vignerons, Owen and Cassandra Inglis founded Sidewood in 2004 with a passion to create beautifully balanced and elegant award winning wines of the highest quality.
Though our history is short, Sidewood has achieved five red-star accreditation from James Halliday and in 2016 became the largest eco sustainable winery in the Adelaide Hills.
Click below to learn more about Sidewood’s achievements and accolades.
Sidewood’s portfolio now encompasses four individual vineyards in Oakbank, Echunga, Nairne and Verdun. The original 300 acre Oakbank vineyard is situated in the Onkaparinga Valley, 380m above sea level and is also home to Sidewood’s 40 thoroughbred race horses that fall under the name, Stable Hill Thoroughbreds.
Climate, soil type, an unwavering focus on excellence in viticulture combined with hand-picking and fruit selection play a vital role to ensure that only the best fruit is grown and used for Sidewood Wines.
Sidewood Wines are made by internationally acclaimed Winemaker, Darryl Catlin at Sidewood’s state of the art winery at Nairne in the Adelaide Hills.
behind the wine
Owner & Vigneron
Owen was born in Hong Kong and educated in Australia where he qualified and worked as a Chartered Accountant.
Much of his youth was spent at his Aunt’s horse stud in the Adelaide Hills where he fell in love with the region. In 1983 he moved back to Hong Kong, joining his father in a food and wine importing business and started a successful manufacturing business in China ten years later.
Owen owned race horses in Hong Kong and continued to develop his wine business, becoming a qualified Sommelier. In 2004 he and his wife, Cassandra fulfilled a dream of setting up a vineyard and horse breeding property at Oakbank and successfully continued to surpass that dream and stamp their name on the Australia wine industry.
Owner & Vigneron
Cassandra was born in Perth, Western Australia but has lived in many different countries since she was a young girl.
Her interest in the wine industry originated from her family of wine enthusiasts and she began studying wine at the age of 18. At the age of 22, she owned and managed a very successful wine bar in Santorini, Greece.
In 1994 she moved to Hong Kong, initially worked as a teacher in one of Hong Kong’s prestigious international schools and continued her wine studies to become a qualified Sommelier. Her passion for wine led to the creation of Sidewood wines.
Winemaker & Cidermaker
Darryl Catlin grew up in the Barossa Valley and started his passion for the wine industry as a youngster.
Darryl completed his Bachelor of Wine Science in 2004. Whilst studying his time was spent working for Adelaide’s East End Cellars consolidating his knowledge before managing the independent wine store.
Darryl then landed a cellar hand job at Shaw & Smith in the Adelaide Hills which before long saw him becoming their Chief Winemaker.
Since working for Sidewood, Darryl’s work was awarded ‘Best Red Wine in Australia’ from 2014 International Wine Challenge and ‘Best Dry Style Pear Cider in the World’ at the 2017 World Cider Awards in London. Darryl now makes his own wine label, Catlin Wines and is the Winery Manager for Sidewood Estate creating outstanding award winning wines and ciders.
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