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

Kirk McDonald

Hannah Matthews

Emma Loretan

What you think of us

Hoping to come down again around Xmas and buy some more of your fabulous wine and some more glasses. I broke one last weekend (devastated).
Helen Hayes, NSW


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

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


News round up

I had to write a news round up for our wine club members (have a look at the benefits of joining such a fine wine club here) and so rather than use it just once, I thought I would double up and post it in various places. There is some news from the vineyards and winery, some of it old news, other bits new-ish. The main news is that ‘it’ remembered how to rain, for which we are eternally grateful.

KI cellar door open

We opened our new cellar door on Springs Road on the 18th December 2018. It was a protracted labour– Louise and kids and dogs were stranded on the island courtesy of the storms we had in mid-December. The wine was stranded too. We had lots of Ikea furniture to put together. We did it and opened only 2 weeks later than we planned. Thanks to Peggy Bosworth (aged 11 at the time) for putting together 3 Ikea outdoor settings and Jane Arnold, cellar door supremo, for keep her (and our) cool. Great effort. Open for tasting now. (winter hours Wednesday to Monday 12-4, May to September). You can saw the KI cellar door dream team, Ruth and Annabel behind the bar, as it were.

New Springs Road KI wines released

This happened at the same time as the opening of the cellar door on KI. It went hand in hand really. We have a Springs Road Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and a blend of Shiraz and Cabernet. The Chardonnay is pictured. The wines are available at cellar door on the island (183 Springs Road when wet, 761 Playford Highway when dry) AND here at the Bosworth cellar door too. And soon, very soon, on our new online shop.

Vintage 2019

Another one under our belts (our 19th vintage actually – I just counted them on my fingers). That means we have to have some sort of ‘do’ next vintage to celebrate 2 decades). Gulp. I think we know what we are doing now, but honestly after all these years and with all of our experience, who did this?  Of course, we never get anything wrong in the office, ever…


Pump-overs. These are actually a thing! It is the process during red wine fermentation when you drain off the fermenting juice/ wine from the fermenting vessel, and pump it over the ‘cap’ or grape skins which have risen to the top of the open fermenter. The process gives the wine colour, flavour and tannins (structure). It’s an important process so who better to have doing it than the boss. On his birthday. Onya Bozzie

Hotel California

We have had some wonderful people work with us here over the years. Bronnie was our book keeper for what seems like a second but in fact was almost 6 years. She was a veritable terrier when it came to chasing money. She left to go back to nursing, but after updating her training, she was left waiting for the paperwork to go through before she could start work. What to do? Back to Bosworth, that’s what, although this time at the coalface, in the winery. Thanks, Bron and great to see you.

KI People

And in other news of leaving, Ruth the Fabulous, who has been instrumental in setting up and running our Springs Road KI Cellar door, is leaving us; she is heading north, swallow-like, to follow the sun. We can’t thank you enough Ruth for your efforts since December, we couldn’t have done it without you. Jane and I headed over to the Island to have lunch with Ruth and Annabel to thanks Ruth for her sterling work. Great tucker from Cactus in Kingscote.


We had some rain! It has been a long time coming. Everything is greening right up now. More of the same, please, and keep it coming. Someone got bemused by the coming down of the wet stuff and found himself stranded on the other side of the bridge. Oh, Oscar. We had rain on KI too, which is great.

Back in the USA

I have mentioned this fact in a Facebook or Instagram post a while back, but we are excited to be back in the USA market after a not inconsiderable break. We have joined forces with the importers we worked with previously (also known as better the devil you know!). The time was right – the US consumer is more open to the Aussie wine offering after almost a decade off the boil and the Aussie dollar is not so strong! Compelling reasons indeed. The Spring Seed Shiraz and SBS are over there, and the Bosworth Cabernet and Spring Seed Cabernet are on the water as we speak. The ‘Puritan’ Shiraz label (which can legitimately be labelled Organic in the USA, as it has no added Preservatives) has just received approval from the TTB.  Exciting times. An American road trip is on the cards for Bozzie…

Well that’s all for now. Autumn and winter are times for pruning, landscaping (on KI), a bit of travel and bottling and sending wine all over Australia and the globe. Exciting times.

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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