Winery and vineyard

Winery and vineyard

Battle of Bosworth and Spring Seed Wines Cellar Door and Office
Postal: PO Box 11 McLaren Vale
South Australia 5171
Actual: Gaffney Road Willunga SA 5172

Mobile: 0414 377 414
Phone: +61 (0)8 8556 2441
Fax: +61 (0)8 8556 4881
Email us here

Joch Bosworth
Wines and Vines
Skype: joch.bosworth

Louise Hemsley-Smith
Sales Export and Marketing
Skype: l.hemsley.smith

Roxanne Deacon
Administration and Office

Nairn Webb

Bronwyn Lock

Emma Loretan

What you think of us

I just wanted to write briefly and thank you for a fantastic experience at the cellar door on Saturday. I have been to a lot of cellar doors with groups of all sizes, but have very rarely felt so welcome as Georgie made us feel (even though she was busy with multiple groups at once!). And all the wines were great too – we all came away feeling that we’d found a new favourite! It made the perfect end to a wonderful day.
Liz Hobart, SA


Return of the Sweet White Duke… of Clarence

In another news (and apologies to the late David Bowie’s Thin White Duke) I can announce the imminent return of the Battle of Bosworth ‘Clarence’ Sticky Semillon from the 2017 vintage. After a break of some 6 years, conditions were… Read more

The Joch Bosworth hero shot

A hero shot is defined in the urban dictionary as ‘A shot of a thing or person with framing, composition, lighting and setting intended to make it look as good as possible.’ Well, you can only work with what you… Read more

Spring Seed Sparklings

And just for something completely different and because Joch doesn’t think we have nearly enough wines, we are looking forward to introducing you to the Gypsy and the Wanderer (or the Itinerant, as our QLD distributors have already nicknamed it).… Read more

2015 Battle of Bosworth Chardonnay

We released the 2015 Battle of Bosworth Chardonnay on the weekend just gone. This is the 6th vintage of this wine and I gather from the murmurings I have heard from both Joch and Nairn, the best one yet. Available… Read more

Ola, Bosworth Touriga Nacional!

At the risk of becoming like my former much-loved employer, d’Arenberg, we have a new wine here at Bosworth Wines. Welcome to the Tourigal Nacional,  Portuguese by birth, but happily transplanted here in Australia and thriving on Denton’s block on… Read more

Vintage count down

It’s that time again. You can hear the dreaded starlings making their high pitched keening whine, Australia Day is nearly here and the old yellow UR harvester has emerged from the harvester shed (imaginative, eh?!) to have its post -Xmas,… Read more

We Won a Trophy!

Great news from Friday the 31st October’s 42nd Annual Bushing Lunch, where all the trophies and awards were announced from the McLaren Vale Wine Show – our new Spring Seed ‘Morning Bride’ Rosé won a Gold Medal and Trophy for… Read more

2012 Battle Shiraz now available

We have just released the new vintage of the Battle of Bosworth Shiraz, the 2012 wine. This is shaping up to be a fantastic wine and has already received a whopping 95 points from James Halliday in his 2015 Wine… Read more

2014 Puritan Shiraz is an Advertiser Top 100 Wine

The newly released 2014 Battle of Bosworth ‘Puritan’ Shiraz has made it into the Adelaide Advertiser’s  Top 100 wine line-up, compiled by Tony Love, in the ‘Light Red’ section. The comment on the wine is as follows: ‘Organically grown and,… Read more

ABC Rural Radio segment on Sips in the Sticks

Well, I tried. The dessert I made for the Sips in the Sticks luncheon held recently at Sue Bell’s historic Glen Roy shearing shed in Coonawarra was unplaced. I am already working on strategy for next year’s event, when apparently… Read more

Battle of Bosworth a Halliday 5 Star Winery

We are pretty pleased that in his most recent Australian Wine Companion, James Halliday has awarded Battle of Bosworth Wines a 5 Star Rating, which according to the books legend makes us an ‘outstanding winery capable of producing Read more

New vintage ‘Puritan’ Shiraz 2013 available

In a  remarkable feat of getting organised, we have bottled and released the newest vintage of the ‘Puritan’ Shiraz, a wine we make without adding any preservatives. This is the 4th vintage of this unoaked , lighter styled red, and… Read more


January 2018 – wine updates and the year ahead

It’s all go here at BoB with  wines and vintages. We have sold out of the 2016 Battle of Bosworth Chardonnay here at cellar door (you might be able to find some out there in retail land, or on a wine list). We are keenly awaiting the release of the 2017, but have to wait for the wine to be tasted and approved by Joch before we let it loose on our adoring public.

We have also run out at cellar door of the ever popular Spring Seed Pinot Grigio (2017). One of our domestic distributors rang to ask me when the 2018 vintage would be out. He’s keen – we haven’t even picked it yet!

The 2015 Bosworth Shiraz is getting low in stock too, as new horizons open up for BoB. We have a new market about to open up in Russia and they love the Shiraz, so a fair chunk of the Bozzie Shiraz is heading to Moscow later this month. Ditto New Zealand, we have a new market opening up there, after a period of absence. The 2016 Shiraz is bottled and ready for the off, again, waiting for the seal of approval from Joch before unleashing it and sending it forth.

The Spring Seed ‘Forget-me-not’ SB/S and Spring Seed Shiraz are about to debut in the Lone Star State (that’s Texas in the US of A if you didn’t know) which is exciting, especially as you can fly direct from Adelaide to Houston now, apparently. I’ve always wanted to visit Texas.

A market for Spring Seed Wines is about to open up in South Korea, which is very exciting. The Spring Seed ‘Gypsy’ and the Spring Seed ‘Cockscomb’ Cabernet Sauvignon are about to make their debut into this market. Another trip for Louise maybe?

It wouldn’t be right to do a post about the wines without letting you know about another wine we are about to release. More like d’Arenberg every day, we are. It’s a blend of Touriga Nacional (a Portugese variety), Graciano, which hails from Rioja in Spain and good old Shiraz which does best here in McLaren Vale. Named ‘Heretic’; not because we intend burning it at the stake, but because it’s an unorthodox blend. And delicious, too. It awaits the Joch Bosworth seal of approval before release.

That just about covers all movement in the wine department. Vintage, or harvest is knocking on the door. We know this when we see certain things happening. Firstly  the grand old dame of grape picking, the UR harvester comes out of hibernation and gets some TLC. Leon is applying the healing hands here.

Then you start seeing pesky starlings gathering on the phone wires overlooking the vineyards. This makes Joch very cross. Starlings are not a native species and like the fox, have adapted well to their adopted home. As soon as the sugar levels start to rise in the grapes, in come the starlings. We do fight back however! First line of defence is Woody, Drone Master. He’s not just looking up into the wide blue yonder for his health, but he’s watching the flight of the drone. Starlings hate the drone.

Another sign that vintage is just around the corner is seeing various bits of winery equipment being dragged out and cleaned and checked. Here is Jen with a rocket. Don’t think you’re getting out of here that easily, Jen.

We’ve had a couple of visitors through the place too, even this early in the year. It will always be visitors from the northern hemisphere at this time of year, for obvious reasons. We had a bunch from the Finnish governments alcohol buying department the other week, and treated them to a vineyard tour in the back of a grape trailer using a pair of 1930’s former church pews as seating. Sadly they didnt see a kangaroo during the tour, which i sort of promised them, but they did see some kangaroo poo, which a couple of them took a photo of. They loved the Gypsy Blanc de Blancs and the Spring Seed Forget-me-not SBS. Anything is better than -20 deg C I guess.

It’s Busby time: Tim Wildman MW bought his ‘Beyond Busby’ group through McLaren Vale on a perfect blue sky day, for lunch and tasting on the deck overlooking the Gulf St Vincent at the Star of Greece, Port Willunga. Best ever place for a tasting. Most of these eminent wine professionals had been on a Pied Piper wine tour with Tim before, and here they were, back again. I brought out the new as yet unreleased ‘Heretic’, the 2017 Puritan and the Spring Seed ‘Morning Bride’ Rose. I was holding a bottle of the Wirra Original Blend in the photo for some reason, however.

OK, more next time, see you during the circus that is a winery/ vintage during vintage.

Cheers Louise


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Cellar Door 5th Birthday

Where did the time go eh? As of tomorrow, Friday the 12th August, our lovely rustic little cellar door has been open for 5 years. It still feel like yesterday that Roxie was pushing Joch and I along in order… Read more

Bosworth lunch at Fino, Saturday 17th May 2014

Aussie Wine Month is a celebration of Australian wine (which lasts for a month!) and we are taking part in the proceedings by joining forces with Sharon and David at Fino just round the corner in Willunga. We have been… Read more

Dates for your Diary

We have a few events coming up in the next few weeks which you may want to ponder on and commit to the Filofax. Battle of Bosworth and Spring Seed Wines will be heading to Light Square on Friday the… Read more

Cellar Door Festival 14-16th February 2014

Roxie and I are heading down to the Adelaide Cellar Door festival again this year. Located at the Adelaide Convention Centre, the festival runs for 3 days from Friday the 14th February to Sunday the 16th. There are well over… Read more

Laneway Ladies of Brisbane Wednesday 12th September

Attention, Ladies of Brisbane: Come and taste the Spring Seed Wines (including the new 2012 Spring Seed ‘Poppy’ Pinot Grigio) with Louise, and Sommelier Sarah Ramwell at ‘The Laneway’ 181 Mary Street Brisbane from 6-7pm. The price includes canapes and… Read more