Reillys Blog

Below is a list of our latest blog posts, enjoy!

Date Posted: 22 March 2022  

Gourmet Week at Reillys Wines – 13th May - 22nd May 2022

Join us for a week of gourmet lunches and long table dinners, celebrating all Mintaro and the Clare Valley has to offer!



13 May – 22 May 2022 // 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

$30 - $45 per guest



Author: Jody Macpherson   Date Posted: 6 May 2021  

Meet our Chef, Annette

Annette has worked in the Valley for many years, formerly at Mintaro Mews, and as Head Chef at Paddy Gleeson's, Salt & Vine, and Skillogalee. She now calls Reillys home and has been part of the Reillys family for over 5 years.

She has a passion for food and creating heart-warming dishes, that perfectly complement our wines and leave you feeling satisfied!


Author: Jody Macpherson   Date Posted: 4 March 2021  

2021 Brings you Gourmet Week!

Join us on Friday 14th, Saturday 15th, and Sunday 16th, as well as Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd, and Sunday 23rd of May to enjoy our relaxed atmosphere, mouth-watering menu by chef Annette and of course our range of red, white, sparkling and fortified wines from our estate vineyards!


Author: Emma Purvis   Date Posted: 17 March 2020  

A message to all our wonderful supporters

In the face of these uncertain times, we wanted to reach out to our community with a me...

Author: Emma Purvis   Date Posted: 28 January 2020  

We are so excited to partner with to share the most incredible wine experiences from around the world!

Check out our listing at and start planning your visit to the beautiful Clare Valley.





Author: Emma Purvis   Date Posted: 29 November 2019  


At the 2019 Winestate Magazine Wine of the Year Awards, Justin and Julie Ardill and the team at Reillys were delighted to receive The Travelrite TROPHY for Riesling of the Year for our 2018 Reillys Watervale Riesling. This follows the same award being received for our 2011 Reillys Museum Release Watervale Riesling at the 2018 Winestate Wine of the Year Awards.

At the awards ceremony, the Chair of Judges Stephen John commented on the class of Rieslings that were judged...

Author: Dan Traucki   Date Posted: 8 November 2019  

We are so grateful to independant wine journalist Dan Traucki for sharing our story on his blog - check it out at


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Author: Emma Purvis   Date Posted: 6 August 2019  

While the warmer months are slowly creeping closer, there is a distinct chill in the air reminding us that winter is still very much here to stay for a while longer yet. What better way to beat the winter blues than to book a weekend getaway in the beautiful Clare Valley and wine, dine and stay at Reillys!

So, how should you spend your weekend in the Clare Valley? Check out this 3-day sample itinerary…

| Day 1 |

Just 90 minutes from Adelaide via the Northern Expressway, the broad acre farming landscape gives way to the gently rolling hills of the Clare Valley. Stop off in Tarlee or Auburn for great coffee and morning tea before turning off Main North Rd (Horrocks Hwy) at Leasingham and driving the short distance to Reillys Cellar Door & Restaurant in the historic township of Mintaro.

Indulge in Reillys Long Lunch (available every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday by reservation) with 4 courses of chef-prepared delights c...

Author: Dan Traucki   Date Posted: 13 June 2019  

Here's a great read from independent wine journalist Dan Traucki about his recent visit to our winery and cellar door, and about the centenary of our Old Bush Vine Grenache vineyard!

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Author: Emma Purvis   Date Posted: 15 May 2019  


We are so humbled and delighted to have received yet another accolade for one of our aged Rieslings in The Advertiser today. The wonderful Katie Spain visited our Cellar Door recently and enjoyed our Long Lunch where she tasted our limited release 2000 Watervale Riesling and fell in love!

She writes ; “This aged beauty makes marigold look like wallflowers. Vibrant gold in colour, it begs for patience. Take your time swirling the sunset in your glass. Savour the comforting, toasty aromas, and pause to pontificate over lus...

Author: Emma Purvis   Date Posted: 21 March 2019  


It's Gourmet time again!

Join us on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May to enjoy our relaxed atmosphere, mouth watering menu by chef Annette and of course our range of red, white, sparkling and fortified wines from our estate vineyards!

Winemaker Long Table Dinner - SOLD OUT - 
Saturday 18th May | 7pm @ Reillys Cellar Door & Restaurant, Mintaro
$130pp inc wines - Bookings essential
Enjoy a relaxed and intimate dinner of six courses, savour our fine regional fare matched with Justin’s personal cellar favourites. 

Come for a...

Author: Emma Purvis   Date Posted: 15 February 2019  

Are you thinking about sharing a special bottle of wine this weekend? Here three of our top recommendations and we are thrilled that Huon Hooke and Toni Paterson from The Real Review agree that these are three wines that are sure to impress!

2014 RCV 'Epitaph' Shiraz

Huon Hooke

"Very deep, dark red/black colour with a trace of purple. The bouquet confirming this as a thumping big red with massive mocha, dark chocolate and blackberry jam aromas, super-ripe, opulent and avoiding 'dead fruit' overtones. A very ripe, high-octane, whopper shiraz, which manages to be soft and supple in the mouth with a luxurious feel and remarkably good balance. It ...

Author: Emma Purvis   Date Posted: 31 January 2019  


We can’t quite believe that we are preparing for our 25th vintage this year! Time certainly flies when you’re as passionate as we are about what we do.

The winery team is prepping the winery for the crazy months ahead and finalising our upcoming bottlings of the 2017 premium reds which have been quietly maturing in barrels for past couple of years. Winemaker Justin and Viticulturalist Rob can be found in the estate vineyards, walking the rows and taking note of every precise detail to ensure the best possible quality wines in years to come.  

Vintage 2019 is looking to be very low cropping but thankfully we haven’t had any adverse effects from the recent extreme heat that other areas of So...

Author: Emma Purvis   Date Posted: 27 November 2018  



At the 2018 Winestate Magazine Wine of the Year Awards, Justin and Julie Ardill and the team at Reillys Wines were thrilled and humbled to receive the RIESLING OF THE YEAR TROPHY for the Reillys 2011 Museum Release Watervale Riesling.

The 2011 is the second vintage of the Museum Release Riesling with the first being 2008 which was released in 2017. A limited number of cases of our estate grown Watervale Riesling were selected to be cellared, allowing time to develop the characterisitic profile of of an aged Riesling which resulted in this award-winning wine.

Upon acceptance ...

Author: Emma Purvis   Date Posted: 21 November 2018  

On Monday 12th November 2018, Justin and Julie Ardill and the team at Reillys Wines were delighted to receive confirmation of TOP 100 WINES & BLUE-GOLD AWARD for their 2014 RCV ‘The Dancer’ Cabernet Sauvignon at the 2019 Sydney International Wine Competition.

This is not the first time ‘The Dancer’ has received this prestigious award. Produced only when winemaker Justin Ardill judges the vintage to be of extremely high quality, this limited release wine has been produced in vintages 2006, 2010 and 2014 - each of which has received this coveted BLUE-GOLD AWARD.

As owner and chief winemaker Justin says “It is incredibly humbling to receive awards of this calibre and to be recognised as one of the top Cabernet producers in Australia. Great wines...

Author: Emma Purvis   Date Posted: 18 October 2018  


On Saturday 13th October 2018, owners of Reillys Wines Justin and Julie Ardill were thrilled to receive the TROPHY for CHAMPION SHIRAZ/SYRAH & Predominant Blends at the 2018 New Zealand International Wine Show awards dinner in Auckland for their 2016 Dry Land Shiraz.

In a category that was described by Competition Convenor Kingsley Wood as “simply outstanding, one of the finest line ups of wine that the judges will have ever faced here in New Zealand”, Reillys 2016 Dry Land Shiraz was awarded the Trophy ahead of 38 other Gold Medal winning wines including some top drops from South Australia and New Zealand.

Judges describe the wine as “a formidable Shiraz exhibiting blackberry jam, cherry pie and chocolate coated hazelnut flavours with a lavishly textured palate that’s su...

Author: Emma Purvis   Date Posted: 23 August 2018  


As we head into the last week of Winter and start feeling a hint of Spring in the air, we are reminded that Father's Day is just around the corner. (Although perhaps this reminder has less to do with the change of seasons and more to do with the adverts flooding our TV screens and news feeds!)

But Father's Day isn't all about socks, jocks and hardware vouchers, it's about spending time together, making a memory with that special someone and sharing something that they love.

For some, it will sharing a meal and opening a special bottle of wine, others might spend the day fishing, watching sport or tinkering in the shed. If you are in the first group (or you want to be), Reillys Cellar Door and Restaurant in Mintar...

Author: Emma Purvis   Date Posted: 26 July 2018  


One of the joys of wine is that there is always something new to try. From the latest vintage release offering subtle nuanced differences from the previous vintage, to winemakers tantalising palates w...

Author: Emma Purvis   Date Posted: 29 June 2018  


Being a Reillys Foundation VIP isn't just about getting a discount on your favourite wines - it's so much more than that as we were reminded at our recent Winemaker Dinner.

It's about a shared love for quality wines, an appreciation for the craftsmanship of an artisan winemaker and being a part of something that feels more like a family than a wine club.

With a welcome glass of Sparkling Riesling in hand, our guests mingled and chatted before taking their seats and quietening down just long enough for Justin to say a few words; "Tonight we are holding a Silent Auction, raising money for Can...