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

Jane Arnold
Cellar Door Boss Lady


Hannah Matthews

Emma Loretan

What you think of us

Thanks so much for your email. My box of wine arrived earlier this week – I was quite excited! My partner and I were in Adelaide earlier this year (we live in Sydney, but I am from Adelaide originally) and took a drive to McLaren Vale. We had the pleasure of visiting your beautiful cellar door, it was our favourite by far! It was intimate and welcoming and the wines and knowledge of the staff was fantastic. My partner has a dog just like your groodle, so he enjoyed playing with her and we bought a copy of your Wine Dogs book too! We particularly enjoyed the Aster Pinot Noir, and with Ben’s birthday/our anniversary coming up I thought it would make the perfect gift.
Claire Pelham, NSW


James Suckling USA Wine Reviews

We had a few nice reviews for BoB and Spring Seed from US wine man James Sucking ( and his Australian off-sider, Nick Stock. We met them both for lunch (with a bunch of other Vale stalwarts) at the magnificent… Read more

Changing Guard at Battle of Bosworth

Joch and I feel a little bit like Christopher Robin and Alice, sort of, in that there has been a changing of the guard here at Buckingham Palace, AKA Bosworth HQ. We have a new winemaker, Kirk McDonald who started… Read more

Kangaroo Island Dreaming

Nothing stays the same it seems – we are in the middle of building a cellar door on our Springs Road Vineyard in the Menzies locality of Kangaroo Island (about 10 minutes from Kingscote). We will be releasing wines from… Read more

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


Mid-Winter News

It’s raining outside, the creeks are running and there’s a heap of gum trees down all over the vineyards after the storm that came through last night. It’s winter, and it’s raining, which is great. I know I am like a broken record when it comes to talking about rain (especially given my English origins – fond memories of camping  in Devon when it rained non-stop for 2 weeks..) Here’s snake creek, halfway down the drive way.

We had a visit from the team from Grape and Grain who sell our wines in the west. It was pouring, so we made them look at the house and the winter creek as it ran over the gum tree bridge.

We also made them do some vineyard work – well, we made Maria do some pruning on the Road Shiraz block. We also tasted some wine in barrel from the 2019 vintage wines, as well as Joch’s single barrel of fortified Touriga – hoping to be bottled before Father’s Day, without wanting to gender stereotype or anything like that.

Joch got his photo in the US wine magazine Wine Spectator with a review of the 2017 Spring Seed ‘Forget-me-not’ Sauvignon Blanc Semillon. It got a great score (91 points) which is no surprise to us, we have been saying for years what a wonderful Bordeaux-style blend it is.

The wine is still available at cellar door or online. A tangible result of Bozzie’s mug shot appearing in the WS was a message on our Facebook page from Chris Dowsett, an old mate of Joch’s from his gap year in the USA. Chris and Joch worked together at Mondavi back in the Paleozoic era, well before Battle of Bosworth times.

Some good reviews for Battle of Bosworth and Spring Seed wines from US wine writer James Suckling and his Australian off-sider, Nick Stock. The 2017 Heretic got a great review with 92 points, as did the 2017 Bosworth Shiraz.  Both the 2017 Spring Seed Cab  and the 2017 Spring Seed Shiraz got 91 points each too. nice work winery people!

Winter means pruning (and rain, see above) and so we measure the passing of the seasons by the coming and going of Harley the fisherman.  Harley turns land lubber in the winter months and comes and prunes the Hill Shiraz in front of cellar door, and other blocks too. Harley has shaved his beard off I noticed when i went to get my annual shot. Onya Harley!

A final wildlife update – Woody from the winery sent me a video of a kestrel in the barrel hall. Woody reckoned it was escaping the storm that was brewing, I reckon it loves a drop of red. Video not good enough to post sadly, but as an old twitcher myself it was awesome to see.

A final bit of showing off from the James Suckling Australian wine reviews was for our island wines, and specifically the Springs Road 2017 Shiraz – a whopping 95 points! If you are interested this wine is available (and the other SR KI wines) for the moment on the Battle of Bosworth/ Spring Seed online shop until our new you beauty shop is up and running. Click here to buy all of our wines!.



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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