Izway Wines in the brainchild of Brian Conway and Craig Isbel, who first met while working together at the Chateau de Bluizard in France’s eminent Beaujolais region. The duo decided to branch out on their own and establish a winery in the Barossa Valley, and thus Izway Wines was formed. Izway Wines has evolved slowly and organically, humbly beginning with the creation of a singular barrel of wine. The boutique winery yields a small selection of well-crafted wines, with approximately 3,000 cases produced each year.
Izway Wines produces nine different cellar door wines, many of which are single vineyard wines. For some of these offerings, the total production may be as little as a few hundred bottles annually. The winery has amassed a dedicated following, which means these limited releases always sell out quickly.
A true labour of love, the winery Conway and Isbel dreamt of – complete with cellar door facilities – finally came to fruition in 2017. The winery has now entered a new chapter with Isbel and his wife Kathryn taking over as the sole proprietors of Izway Wines. While Conway is no longer involved in the day-to-day operations, he continues to be Izway Wines greatest brand ambassador.
For those wanting to immerse themselves in the winemaking process, Izway Wines allows guests to experience winemaking firsthand. The cellar door is located adjacent to the winery, so guests can enjoy a guided tasting while gazing out across the natural vineyard surrounds. For those with an adventurous side, the experience not only includes wine tasting and an exclusive sampling of Izway Wines’ own grapes, but some lucky guests are even invited into the winery to stomp the grapes.
As a family-owned and -operated boutique winery, visitors can expect to see the next generation of Izway Wines’ winemakers roaming about the vineyards. The modern, purpose-built cellar door has been designed with sustainability in mind, with both the cellar door and winery operating completely off-grid, and utilising solar energy.
Set amongst ancient vines and trees, Izway Wines is committed to crafting beautiful wines that reflect the nature of their environment, and the natural tendencies of their growing season. The company utilises traditional winemaking techniques such as basket presses and natural ferments, which results in wines that are not only distinctive and expressive, but also demonstrative of the unique characteristics for which the Barossa Valley is renowned.
⇐ Oscar & Matilda Shiraz
Elegant and refined, bold and brash, this northern Barossa shiraz is a timeless wine that will gratify lovers of both classic and modern winemaking. Pure and complex, the shiraz has incredible intensity, freshness and energy from the moment it hits the glass. Dark plum, pitted cherry and anise tower over layers of cinnamon and spice, lavender and nutmeg. The plush, rich palate is supported by elegant, fine grain tannin providing the wine with energy, and an aura of unity and harmony.
⇐ Bruce Shiraz
This wine has exceptional power, depth, texture and structure – a classic northern Barossa shiraz. The nose has an abundance of rustic charm, with hints of smokiness, characteristic dark chocolate bitterness, and a juicy fresh acidity, which truly reiterates the essence of a Barossa shiraz.
⇐ Three Brian’s Grenache
Made from 117-year-old vines, the flavour and complexity from the vineyard has been beautifully translated into this finished wine, which is available in limited supply exclusively at Izway Wines’ cellar door. Bright, fresh and vibrant with incredible energy and aplomb, the wine has aromas of chocolate-coated orange rind, Jaffas and Turkish delight. Sexy, silky texture with pure, refined tannin, the wine is balanced, flowing and elegant, and has an ethereal texture.
⇐ Angelo Aglianico
The smooth texture on the palate and balanced acidity makes this wine a prime candidate for food pairings. A slightly reductive initial nose of gruyere and blue cheese disrobes with air to reveal pretty, floral aromatics. Lavender, tar and dark violet crumble combine with hints of liquorice and cardamom. The wine is powerful and robust, with dry, powdery tannin, and a fresh and juicy mid-pallet. The profile is fine and linear, with a gutsy finish.
923 Seppeltsfield Road,
Open 11:00am–5:00pm daily in March and April
Open 11:00am–5:00pm Thursday–Sunday from May to February
Weddings & Functions
Private lunches with a local chef can be arranged for small groups of up to twenty people, as well as winemaker experiences in association with luxury accommodation at The Louise