‘Heward Estate' - Vineyard on the Murray River
in South Australia
Home of 'Mannum Cliffs' wine near Mannum on the Murray
Mick and Jo Heward family
purchased the property in 1999, although it was settled in the 1800's the
property was never used for growing of wine grapes prior to the Heward take over. With Careful
planning, hard work and persistence, Mick and Joe with the assistance of Mick's parents created the
present vineyard from scratch.
The vineyard which is located 16 kilometres from Mannum on the Bowhill side of the Murray River lays
adjacent river. It is a spectacular location nestled just below the river escarpment with a panoramic vista of the
Murray River. The location is like an amphitheatre attracting and the all important river breezes which are a major
element in the unique quality of our Heward Estate wines.
Planting vines and watching them develop into a mature, grape producing vineyard has been thrilling. Starting from
scratch allowed us to develop the vines where and how we saw fit in our experimental endeavour to capture the cool
river breezes which we believed would have an influence on the fruit quality.
As it turned out, we were correct in our assumptions. The true hidden secret to the Heward Estate wines are the
summer evening breezes. Late afternoon from December into Autumn, breezes rise up from lakes Alexandrina and Albert
at the mouth of the Murray and travel up the river valley bringing a fantastic drop in temperature along the
This allows the Mannum Cliffs fruit to ripen slowly and evenly
bringing a concentration of flavours and sugars which allow Heward Estate to create quality boutique
the vine roots are entrenched in sandy soil with a bedrock of calcium rich limestone which once
again adds to the unique quality of our Mannum Cliffs wine.
We use a modern super efficient pressure compensating drip irrigation system where all residual
water is returned to the river as environmental flow.
The river valley structure which was created over millions of years, has provided very few
locations where vineyards can flourish. We are indeed fortunate that Heward Estate happens to be one of
The remaining 300 acres of the property has been de-stocked and is being revegetated with native bush land and
grasses and is now used as a nature reserve where native animals can roam and live free. We have a
large population of resident Kangaroos regularly seen in the vineyard, for some strange reason they
prefer to roam in the chardonnay patches - we have no idea why but it is certainly a novelty when we show
guests around the property.
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