Main & Cherry is a story of friendships; of families forging their own paths, getting their hands dirty and creating wines that they love. Award-winning winemaker Michael Sexton produces small batches of distinctive wines, favouring Indian Runner ducks over pesticides, and working gently by hand, shovel and a small basket-press instead of high-tech machines.
The original Main & Cherry vineyard was planted in 1996, at Main Road in Cherry Gardens, nestled amidst the rolling foothills of Adelaide. Michael grew up tending the family vineyard and made his first batch of wine in the family's underground cellar. Now, Michael owns and lives on another vineyard above the Clarendon township in the McLaren Vale wine region. His kids, Audrey and Tom, ride on the tractors and ‘help’ with picking and plunging, often with a flock of ducks, sheep, nieces and nephews in tow.
The family grow their own fruit, as well as sourcing grapes from other independent vineyards throughout the Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale: an honest, down to earth community built on handshake agreements and a commitment to quality. This gives Michael and his team a rich palette of sites and soil profiles to play with at the blending table.
Michael and his family make wines that they enjoy and love to share with friends and family: vibrant, bright, and pure; with plenty of personality and nothing to mask the honest flavour of the fruit. The wines match our Mediterranean climate and rugged landscapes and pair beautifully with the local produce of the region. With this light-touch approach they are aiming for a different type of perfection: where nothing is hidden and the naturally occurring characters of the wine are celebrated.
In April 2020, Michael was announced as a Top 50 winemaker finalist in Australia's Young Gun of Wine.