About Shingleback


Let the Davey brothers introduce you to McLaren Vale, one of Australia’s most renowned wine growing areas. During the 1990’s, Kym & John Davey brought their combined expertise in winemaking, farming & business to continue & develop the estate first farmed by their Grandfather in 1957. Their goal was, and remains, to produce affordable, quality wines that express the true character of McLaren Vale. 

The sustainably managed family estate has a predominantly Shiraz & then Cabernet Sauvignon focus. The smaller plantings of Chardonnay & Semillon also benefit from John’s fastidious winemaking skills, instilled during his early days as a specialist white winemaker.

A modern, but minimalist, approach to crafting the wines is taken. Respecting the fruit is crucial. Small batch open fermentation, gentle handling, pressing and maturation result in balanced, food friendly wines, expressive of their terroir and variety.

From it’s genesis in 1998, when the first wine (Shingleback Shiraz) was released under the Shingleback label, the Shingleback portfolio has grown into a collection of fine wines that include Shingleback, Haycutters,  Red Knot and The Gate. Each made in its distinct style, these wines showcase the best the McLaren Vale region has to offer. They also represent a family committed to producing outstanding wines from the land they love. 


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    Craig Camm


    Craig joined Shingleback in mid 2005 after 20 years’ experience in the Banking and Finance industry…

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    Kym Davey

    Owner & Managing Director

    Kym is a fifth generation South Australia farmer. Prior to planting the Davey Estate Vineyard with his brother John…

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    John Davey

    Owner, Viticulturist & Senior Winemaker

    Like most winemakers John Davey adheres to the adage that “great wine begins in the vineyard” but few winemakers can claim the enviable position that John enjoys today…

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    Carey Weston

    General Manager – Sales & Marketing

    Craig joined Shingleback in mid 2005 after 20 years’ experience in the Banking and Finance industry…

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    Dan Hills


    Originally from England, Dan came to Australia in 1994 to study winemaking at the Roseworthy campus of the University of Adelaide…

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    Kate Davey

    Public Relations Manager

    With parents who owned and ran their own small vineyard in the Clare Valley for over 20 years Kate’s interest in wine was inevitable…

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    Leila El Allaui

    Brand Manager

    Appointed in October 2013 as Shingleback’s Brand Manager, French born Leila adds an exotic international flavour to the Shingleback team…

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    David Graham

    Tasting Room Manager

    Some may think that our resident Scot, David, has come down in the world, socially as well as geographically…

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    Michael Schofield

    Vineyard Manager

    Michael was born and bred in the country and has a lifetime of experience with viticulture and with dairy and beef farming…

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    Belinda Sparrow

    Production Manager

    The long suffering and ever patient Belinda is one of Shingleback’s longest and most valued team members. Based in the Winery Office, Bel works closely with John and Dan, managing the all logistics of Production from arranging artwork for labels & dry goods, shuffling the bottling schedule (sometimes at a minute’s notice), warehousing, shipping & trying to bring a degree of practicality to the Marketing department. Not an easy job!!

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    Michelle Campbell

    Accounts Officer

    Although originally from New Zealand, we were very happy to welcome Michelle to the Shingleback team late in 2014…

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    Dani Oniszk

    Operational Support

    Dani is another recent addition to Team Shingleback. Like Craig, Dani has a long background in banking and finance…

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    Reg & Rhonda Davey

    Parental Guidance & Unfailing Support

    Married in 1957, Rhonda and Reg like to think of themselves as producers of fine sons…

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    Brian Lane


    Brian has been around since the beginning of Shingleback, drinks more wine than he produces…

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    Jane Hill

    Tasting Room

    Jane has lived in the McLaren Vale region for some years and has worked within the wine industry more years than she’d like to count…

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    Rina Lockwood

    Tasting Room

    Chardonnay loving Rina has over 20 years’ experience in the wine industry, and has been a key part of the Shingleback Tasting Room team since late in 2012…

Wine Making Process




The McLaren Vale region is located 45 minutes south of Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. The area is bound to the south by the Sellick’s Hill range, extends east to Clarendon, reaches to the north just beyond Reynella and is bordered on the west by the waters of the Gulf St. Vincent. First planted with vines in the 1830’s, McLaren Vale is best known today for its internationally acclaimed rich, flavourful Shiraz.

Suitability for grape-growing

The climate in McLaren Vale is similar to the Mediterranean and its suitability to vinifera grape-growing is defined by several factors:

The proximity to the Gulf St. Vincent moderates climatic conditions
Warm summer daytime temperatures are moderated by the sea breezes and “gully winds” from the surrounding hills, allowing grapes to ripen slowly and evenly
The long ripening season extends the hang time, allowing grapes to reach physiological as well as sugar maturity, maximising flavour

Rainfall is largely restricted to the winter months, lowering disease pressure during the growing season

The McLaren Vale district is comprised of a wide variety of soils, each type producing distinct wines with characters unique to each sub-region. Weak soils force vines to struggle, limiting canopy development and resulting in complex, flavourful grapes.

Not only a wine destination

Wine is not the only reason to visit McLaren Vale. Also known as the Gateway to the Fleurieu Peninsula, McLaren Vale offers an abundance of activities. From taking a flight in a bi-plane, surfing, swimming and fishing to relaxing over a long lunch after a visit to one of the local art galleries, the visitor to McLaren Vale can do as much, or as little as they choose, but always with a glass of fine McLaren Vale wine close at hand!


Site Address: 3 Stump Hill Road, McLAREN VALE  SA  5171

Postal Address: PO Box 811, McLAREN VALE SA 5171

Phone: (08) 8323 9919

Fax: (08) 8323 0105

Email: tastingroom@shingleback.com.au



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Open 7 Days – 10am to 5pm

(Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day & Good Friday)

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