Mark Lloyd & Picpoul vineyard
Coriole was started by my family in the 1960s. It is a beautiful spot looking south towards many McLaren Vale vineyards, the old Willunga Range and the Fleurieu Bight. The estate has a lot of Shiraz vines, the oldest planted in 1919. There is also our first Sangiovese vineyard planted in 1985 as well as the first Fiano vineyard (2001), both the oldest of their kind in Australia.
Vines were first planted in the McLaren Vale region in 1838. The McLaren Vale wine companies have formed a close and supportive community that work on cooperative wine and marketing projects together to make this region what it is today.
Hugh and Molly Lloyd founded Coriole in 1969, an estate that began as 12 acres under vines with the original Shiraz vineyard planted immediately after the first world war in 1919. McLaren Vale has a long history as a wine district and vines were first planted at the Coriole site as far back as 1873. The Lloyd family continues to manage and develop the Coriole estate.
The first wine, produced by Coriole in 1970, was from Shiraz grapes and called Claret which was the tradition at the time. Interestingly the very next year the tradition had changed and the same wine was labelled with its varietal name - Shiraz. After over a decade of success with traditional varieties at Coriole, and driven to find completely different wine and food experiences for the Australian table, Mark Lloyd made the move to new varieties with one of the first Australian plantings of Sangiovese. The 2016 release will be Coriole's 30th vintage of this wine. This motivation has continued as many other varieties and new clones have been tried and tested...some of these have been rejected and others have flourished and are being increased.
Coriole is now responsible for introducing the nation to white varieties Fiano and Picpoul, and are the longest continuous producers of Sangiovese. We invite you to visit our place; explore the great traditions of Shiraz from very old vines, consider the many new varieties that are on offer, taste our estate-produced table olives and locally made Extra Virgin Olive oil, dine in the charming courtyard restaurant, wander in the gardens and soak up the breath taking views of McLaren Vale.
Hugh & Molly Lloyd & Don Dunstan (1974)
Mark Lloyd sampling the barrels
Bushing King Mark Lloyd
Duncan & Peter Lloyd
The original Coriole homestead