The Islander Estate Vineyards

“I can have permanent contact with nature on this island. For me, this is the environment for high quality wines... innovation is the key to wine-making here because nothing is predictable.” Jacques Lurton

The Islander Estate Vineyards was established by renowned Bordeaux Winemaker, Jacques Lurton after falling in love with Kangaroo Island’s natural beauty on his first visit to the island.

He followed up by planting The Islander Estate Vineyards in 2000. Located on the Kohinoor Hills in the heart of the Island, the Estate’s north-facing slopes & friable soil provide near perfect cool climate growing conditions for varieties like; Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Semillon.


The Islander Estate Vineyards was hand selected for its combination of agricultural and vineyard potential, north-facing slopes and heritage vegetation. The 300-hectare property near Parndana has a 11-hectare vineyard with dense plantations of 5000 vines per hectare.

Kangaroo Island’s maritime climate is heavily influenced by the Southern Ocean’s breezes which play an important role in the ripening process. Although there is lots of sunshine on the island, crucial in ripening the grapes, the cooling sea breezes help protect the grapes which allows for a long, slow ripening period; perfect for creating great complexity of flavour in the grapes.

With Jacques’ Bordeaux upbringing, it is perhaps unsurprising he considers blending of varieties to be a crucial element in creating great wine. In the same way, a great chef uses a range of ingredients to make a complex dish, blending provides a winemaker with the opportunity to pick the best bits from different grape varieties to create a more complete and complex final wine.

Join us at our intimate Wine Tasting Room to experience The Islander Estate range.  Centrally located at Cygnet River, take part in a guided tasting before relaxing with your favourite wine on the deck.

The Tasting Room is open 6 days a week (closed Wed) from 12 noon to 6.00pm.

For a special experience contact us for information about private vineyard tours.

The Islander Estate Vineyards wines are also available from fine wine merchants nationally or direct via the Islander Estate website.

Winter is gift time on the Cygnet River Artisan Trail

Something exciting is growing in Cygnet River, where a group of passionate producers have gravitated together to create the Cygnet River Artisan Trail. And the cooler months are the perfect time to dedicate some time to meandering along the trail. During the cool months, the trail's makers have time to stop, chat, share their stories and products. From 5 July until 30 September, they have a special gift on offer. Spend a half-day visiting each producer on the trail, gather a stamp when you spend $30 or more at each outlet and collect your Cygnet River trail gift bag, containing a special gift from each producer valued at

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08 8553 9008

78 Gum Creek Road
Cygnet River, Kangaroo Island SA 5223

Opening Hours

The Islander Estate Vineyards Tasting Room is open 6 days a week (closed Wed) from 12 noon to 5pm