• Kingsley closely inspecting the Lost Buoy vines.

  • The iconic Port Willunga cliffs. 50 meters from the Lost Buoy Vineyard

  • Phil evaluating the fruits of his labour of love.

  • Lost Buoy's seaside shiraz vines at Port Willunga.

  • Anna Watson - General Manager

Behind The Vines

The closest vineyard to the sea in Australia, the Lost Buoy vines grow within 50 meters of the cliff edge, high above the rolling waves of the Great Southern Ocean. The maritime influence refreshes the vines to create a naturally healthy growing environment.

The Lost Buoy vineyard is planted with eight acres of Grenache and seven acres of Shiraz vines. With an average age of 15 years, the vines’ roots are anchored deep into the Pliocene Hallett Cove Sandstone and Burnham Limestone of the cliff head, bringing an intricate minerality to the wines. The elemental growing conditions and shallow soils produce a humble yield of perfectly balanced fruit, on average just 1.5 to 2 tonnes per acre.

Hand crafted by small batch wine specialist Phil Christiansen at his bespoke McLaren Vale winery, the fruit from the Lost Buoy vines is gently nurtured through the winemaking process and into barrel with minimal intervention, showcasing the uniqueness of the site.

Now that the Lost Buoy vineyard has been found again, the vines speak clearly of the ocean they overlook, producing wines with elegance, vitality, crisp maritime acidity and earthy mineral complexity.

The Crew

We roped together a small group of the most experienced, extraordinary people to form Lost Buoy Wines. Each member brings unique skills to the ‘ship’, which allow Lost Buoy to uncover the true potential of these distinctive vines, resulting in a profound collection of boutique wines.

Phil Christansen — Winemaker (Godfather of The Vale)
Anna Watson — General Manager
James Harnett — Viticulturist
Kingsley Mills — Property Manager