Hugh Hamilton Wines Events - Shearing the Vines

Shearing the Vines, is exclusive to our Black Sheep Club members and is a unique opportunity to hand-shear some of our most prized grapes on our Black Sheep Vineyard in McLaren Vale.

This is a fun, hands-on experience, packed with great information about vines and grapes.
By the end of the day our members:

  • Understand why McLaren Vale is a premium grape growing region
  • Learn how to identify the ripeness of the fruit for harvest
  • Predict the quality of the future wine by tasting the grapes

We look after all the tools to shear the vines, but our members harvest the fruit for the 'Shearer's Cut' wine ... which will has their name on the back label! (This wine has rated 90+ points each year with James Halliday)

After the hard work (barely!) is done, our member's enjoy lunch in the rustic shed on the historic Black Sheep Vineyard, with Hugh, Pam & Mary. Our members also get the first preview of the unreleased ‘Shearer’s Cut’ wine, created from the event two years prior.

Over the two years following the event our members are invited behind the scenes and are updated on the journey of their wine via a visual diary.


When: Sunday 1st March
Where: We will meet at Hugh Hamilton Cellar Door, 94 McMurtrie Road, McLaren Vale at 10am. We will then travel in convoy to the Black Sheep Vineyard, over at Blewitt Springs and all the formalities should be finished after lunch by 3pm.
Cost: $115 per person. Tickets are non-refundable.


Shearing the Vines occurs annually during vintage (Feb-April).
Do you want to find out more about our Black Sheep Club and other unique events? Click here.

Phenomenal. It was a true thrill to experience this, knowing our hands will be part of something truly special and unique.
Rob & Mikaela Grey
So much knowledge imparted at a level of understanding for the group.
Karen & Richard Kroon
Fantastic! Very informative, lots of laughs. Great hands-on experience for lovers of wine.
Anthony & Kara Janus
What an exhilarating informative day, sharing lunch and meeting new friends really captured the true essence of HH winery at its best
Julie King