- Our Story
Main & Cherry is a boutique, family owned vineyard and winery based at Main Road, Cherry Gardens in the picturesque Adelaide Hills. Our other vineyard is located just north of Clarendon in the McLaren Vale wine region. Together with our estate grown fruit, we source grapes from passionate family growers throughout other parts of the Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale, working with an array of fruit; alternative varieties, some very old vines, from different elevations and soil profiles. All of these selected parcels are perfectly suited to their specific sites.
Our vineyard philosophy is to grow low-yielding grapes that are sustainably farmed. We believe in nurturing the soil the best way we can, and do this by building humus levels, biomass and vitality of our soils. On our home blocks at Cherry Gardens and Clarendon, we can best describe our way of managing our vineyards as biological farming; utilising sulphur/copper sprays, BD and other plant-based soil inoculating sprays and undervine composting.
Led by award-winning winemaker Michael Sexton, we utilise traditional, gentle winemaking techniques of hand, shovel and basket press. Our wines are made slowly without rushing them, with minimal intervention. Our red ferments often stay on skins for several weeks before basket pressing, while our whites remain on lees for months to build texture and complexity.
Our overall aim is to create vibrant, fruit forward styles that express a sense of the place they were grown.