When President Obama visited Australia during his presidency he was served Hollick Coonawara Cabernet as an outstanding example of Australian wine.
Hollick Wines is a small family-owned winery in Coonawarra, in the Limestone Coast Wine Zone of South Australia. Ian and Wendy Hollick purchased a piece of grazing land on the southern end of the Coonawarra district in 1974.
Since 1975 the Hollicks progressively planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc.
Hollick Wines launched onto the national and international wine scene by winning the 1985 Jimmy Watson Trophy at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show. Demand for the Hollick product was such that expansion was necessary, and in 1987 Ian and Wendy Hollick purchased the nearby "Wilgha" vineyard, to supplement their existing production. In 1998 the Hollicks developed their vineyard in the neighbouring region of Wrattonbully, adding further diversification and regional variation to the portfolio. Further plantings of Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Petit Verdot, and even more recently Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Barbera and Savagnin have also taken place.
Ian's expertise in viticulture has seen him as an industry leader, and the Hollick team place special emphasis on producing only premium fruit. The small, modern winery is designed around winemaking methods which produce wines of distinction, showing regionality and specific vineyard and varietal characters.