The Mitchell family, Kevin and his father, Mort, have been growers for more than 30 years in the Clare Valley. In 1997, Kevin purchased the facility known as Kilikanoon in the Skillogalee Valley, and his first vintage under the name was the 1997 vintage. The main vineyards for the Shiraz, Riesling and Cabernet were all planted 25 years ago in the Morts Block and Blocks Road parcels in the Leasingham District of the Clare Valley where the soil is Terra Rossa (red-brown clay) soil over limestone allowing excellent drainage and proper pH for vinifera. Virtually all of the wines are dry-farmed and all are picked by hand.
From humble beginnings with just 25,000 bottles produced from the first vintage, Kilikanoon has grown significantly, now exporting to over 25 countries. The marque has become one of the leading wine brands in Australia.
Kilikanoon has been recognised both in Australia and internationally, receiving high praise from some of the world’s most respected wine critics.
The 2002 Clare Valley Wine Show chaired by prominent Australian wine writer and judge, Huon Hooke, propelled Kilikanoon into the spotlight, winning 6 of the 7 trophies awarded.