Warmth, honesty and integrity are a way of life at St Hallett. At the heart of our tight-knit crew are winemakers Stuart Blackwell and Toby Barlow, who exemplify the extensive experience, continuous sense of evolution and respect for the region that underpins St Hallett’s rich Barossa heritage.
Established by the Lindner family in 1944, St Hallett’s initial focus was the production of fortified wines.
The first vintage of Old Block Shiraz in 1980 and its resulting success accelerated a shift of focus towards the premium wines St Hallett has become renowned for ever since.
St Hallett understands the importance of saving the old vines and focusing on the key varieties for the Barossa region – particularly Shiraz.
Strong long-term relationships with focussed and passionate growers give St Hallett access to the Barossa’s most prized vineyards, with some dating back over 100 years. Over time, St Hallett has built up a deep understanding of the rich tapestry of sites and climates in the Barossa and with it an appreciation of both dedicated growers and quality vines.
An unrivalled dedication to preserving the integrity of these individual parcels of fruit has always been the St Hallett philosophy. By tailoring fermentation and maturation to each parcel, we reveal the rich textures, depth and diversity of Barossa wine.
The Barossa consists of two distinct regions, Barossa Valley and Eden Valley. These two Valleys provide our team with a wonderful tapestry of vineyards to create great wine.
Barossa Valley Vineyards
- Rowland Flat
- Moppa Hills
- Light Pass
Eden Valley Vineyards
- Flaxmans Valley
- Eden Valley East
Our team has scoured the Barossa, hand chosen the very best sites and worked with growers to source vines with the right characteristics.
By meticulously keeping our parcels separate we have the opportunity to consistently craft fantastic wines as well as to deliver unique wines that represent particular areas of the Barossa.
Helen McCarthy, Senior Winemaker
Helen was born in England and moved with her family to Australia in 1988.
In 1997 she took a leap of faith and enrolled in a winemaking degree at the University of Adelaide. On completion of her degree she set about gaining invaluable experience with wineries such as Lindemans, Wynns, Seppelts and Penfolds.
In 2003 Helen’s passion for Riesling saw her make a move to work in Clare Valley (but still lived in the Barossa) . During her time at Taylors Wines she was awarded the Gourmet Traveller Kemeny’s Medal for Young Winemaker of the Year and was awarded People’s Choice Wine Society Young Winemaker of the year. She also won a scholarship to participate in the prestigious Len Evans Tutorial and was part of the Wine Industry Future Leaders Program. She also commenced a wine judging career that has seen Helen be involved in countless numbers of wine shows.
The calling of the Barossa became too strong and saw Helen return to a Barossa winery at the end of 2011. It was during her time at Thorn-Clarke Wines that Helen’s passion for the Barossa but particularly Eden Valley was cemented. While working at Thorn-Clarke Helen was awarded both the Peer and Consumer The Wine Society Young Winemaker of the Year. Many of her wines were recognised both domestically and internationally. Helen also completed a Master of Business Administration in Sustainable Business during this period.
In 2015 Helen became the custodian of the Eden Valley icon Mountadam Vineyards. Her passion for Eden Valley was again deepened.
Helen joined St Hallett Wines in 2019 and is looking forward to working with fruit grown all over the Barossa but is particularly excited to once again be working with Eden Valley fruit.