The Arila Gardens Story
“As a family, we aim to respect the land and acknowledge the history from where it has come. To have the opportunity to care for this land and the vines using holistic and sustainable approaches, and to be so connected to the wine and land in which they are grown, is a privilege” – Adam Clay. Winemaker.
WHY ARILA GARDENS?
In beginning this chapter, it was vital for all members of the family to show their deep respect for the land and encompass the full history from where it came.
This led us first of all to choose the name Arila, which is an Aboriginal word for ‘sand, land and earth’. Thus, honouring the original owners of the land, as well as the mix of sand, ironstone and quartz that the roots of these ancient vines reach deep into.
Then, just like the older vignerons who so carefully tended these blocks by hand, we too refer to our vineyards as ‘gardens’.
Small spaces that are nurtured and tended with care and pride. Which in itself, was also what was so alluring about our own Barossan vines.
To have the opportunity to use holistic and sustainable approaches, and be so connected to the wine and land on which they are grown, is our dream come true.
Our Gardens are:
And to honour vignerons before us, we have named our wines simply from the ‘gardens’ on which the grapes are grown.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
Arila Gardens acknowledges and pays deep respect to the Ngadjuri, Peramangk and Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Barossa and Adelaide Hills region. We acknowledge their relationship, attachment and timeless connection to Country, and pay our respects to the Ngadjuri, Peramangk and Kaurna elders, past, present and emerging.