ABOUT H&L

ABOUT H&L

The Hastwell & Lightfoot Story

Back in 1988 together with my wife, Wendy and partners Martin and Jill Lightfoot we purchased land in McLaren Vale and started planting grape vines.

Now I am pleased to say Hastwell & Lightfoot is one of McLaren Vale’s most exciting and innovative winegrowers. Since planting our 16 hectares of vines in the deep sands of McLaren Vale’s Foggo Road we have continued to push our winegrowing frontiers.

Our family-owned, boutique winery is now under the guidance of second-generation family members, my son James Hastwell – Winemaker and nephew Kishan Sidhu – General Manager. Together with Wendy and my experience their youthful exuberance is evident in the innovation and development of H&L’s wines through new varieties, new branding, and a new passion to showcase our wines.

The H&L wines tap into our strength and experience of over 30 years’ history and use this as the framework and foundation of making our future wines. ‘Old world’ wines have been reinvigorated through a ‘new-world’ winemaking paradigm, youthful yet experienced winemaking with mature vines from a world-class winegrowing region.

Whilst we continue to foster traditional varieties, H&L is at the forefront of new and emerging Mediterranean wine varieties, which we believe will be the new tradition of McLaren Vale and the Fleurieu region.

Wines, such as Italian Fiano and Vermentino and Spanish Garnacha and Tempranillo, complement our mainstays of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. These varieties reflect the changing Australian culinary landscape, with a world view of food, the melting pot of dishes and authentic flavours no longer seen as exotic.

Small batch winemaking ensures wines with an approachable drink-now style are eminently suited to enjoy with food, hence our catch cry, wines made for eating. These well-structured wines with balanced tannin, acid and fruit intensity will further develop and mature with judicious cellaring.

Enjoy our award-winning McLaren Vale wines at the H&L Cellar Door in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Take in the views of the vines as you unwind on our front deck with a wine flight and one of ‘SA’s Best Platters’ (as awarded by Adelady) or settle in on one of the Chesterfields by the fire – you could definitely spend a winter’s afternoon there!

We all look forward to seeing you at our Cellar Door soon.

Cheers,

Mark Hastwell Signature

Meet the Family

Mark Hastwell H&L Winery Cellar Door with Sands of Time Shiraz red wine

Mark Hastwell

Founding Partner & CEO

Currently drinking
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
paired with barbequed spring lamb

James Hastwell H&L Boutique Winemaker McLaren Vale drinking Tempranillo

James Hastwell

Winemaker

Currently drinking
2016 Tempranillo
paired with a traditional Spanish Paella

Kishan Sidhu Partner General Manager H&L Winery Cellar Door McLaren Vale drinking Barbera

Kishan Sidhu

Partner & General Manager

Currently drinking
2017 Barbera
paired with white truffle mushroom ragu

Wendy Hastwell H&L Winery Cellar Door McLaren Vale Founder Grapegrower

Wendy Hastwell

Founding Partner

Currently drinking
2019 Vermentino
paired with fennel & pork sausages

Trinity Hastwell H&L Winery and Cellar Door McLaren Vale drinking Cabernet Sauvignon

Trinity Hastwell

Strategic Advisor

Currently drinking
2016 Sands of Time Shiraz
paired with crispy hoisin duck noodles

Anisha Sidhu H&L Winery and Cellar Door McLaren Vale

Anisha Sidhu

Customer Service Trainee

Currently drinking
2020 Fiano
paired with a spicy seafood Laksa

Mark Hastwell H&L Winery Cellar Door with Sands of Time Shiraz red wine

Mark Hastwell

Founding Partner & CEO

Currently drinking
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
paired with medium rare, barbequed spring lamb

James Hastwell H&L Boutique Winemaker McLaren Vale drinking Tempranillo

James Hastwell

Winemaker

Currently drinking
2016 Tempranillo
paired with a Spanish Chicken & Chorizo Paella

Kishan Sidhu Partner General Manager H&L Winery Cellar Door McLaren Vale drinking Barbera

Kishan Sidhu

Partner & General Manager

Currently drinking
2017 Barbera
paired with white truffle mushroom ragu

Wendy Hastwell H&L Winery Cellar Door McLaren Vale Founder Grapegrower

Wendy Hastwell

Founding Partner

Currently drinking
2019 Vermentino
paired with fennel spiced pork sausages

Trinity Hastwell H&L Winery and Cellar Door McLaren Vale drinking Cabernet Sauvignon

Trinity Hastwell

Strategic Advisor

Currenly drinking
2016 Sands of Time Shiraz
paired with crispy hoisin duck noodles

Anisha Sidhu H&L Winery and Cellar Door McLaren Vale

Anisha Sidhu

Customer Service Trainee

Currently drinking
2020 Fiano
paired with a spicy seafood Laksa

H&L Wine Selfies

Wine Making Process McLaren Vale Red Wine Fermenting
McLaren Vale Cellar Hand during vintage making red wine
Winemaker Wine tasting from American and French Oak Barrels
H&L Family in McLaren Vale Vineyard
Pallet of Cabernet Sauvignon for export
Winemaker testing samples of red wine

Some of Our Reviews

  • Scott Hamilton Avatar
    Scott Hamilton
    03/04/21 - Facebook

    A great experience at a beautiful place.

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    Kirsteen Freeman
    20/03/21 - Facebook

    amazing place and host, definitely recommend, cant wait to go back.exceptional wine and very reasonably priced, had a cheese platter which was coeliac friendly, host co... read more

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    Samantha Harding
    01/11/20 - Google

    Lovely wines and knowledgeable host

  • John Punke Avatar
    John Punke
    01/10/20 - Google

    Great winery!

    Meeta Bhambhani Avatar
    Meeta Bhambhani
    01/10/20 - Google

    Staff was happy to share their story, wine and best spot in their cellar. The platter was good, and the staff made sure we enjoyed our day! Wines were well priced.

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    faulknerfamily2016
    13/06/20 - TripAdvisor

    Thanks Kishan and team for a lovely afternoon. We spent nearly 3 hours here over a beautiful platter of meats and cheeses and a wine tasting flight. The standout for us w... read more

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    faulknerfamily2016
    12/06/20 - TripAdvisor

    Thanks Kishan and team for a lovely afternoon. We spent nearly 3 hours here over a beautiful platter of meats and cheeses and a wine tasting flight. The standout for us w... read more

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    gordona906
    22/02/20 - TripAdvisor

    Was barely aware of Hastwell and Lightfoot before dropping in on a whim. Bravo! Sensational winery. Will be back again for sure. Couldn’t recommend any higher. Frie... read more

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    DandM4Ever
    18/02/20 - TripAdvisor

    We spent a super afternoon at this family owned & operated cellar door. Mark & Kishan were friendly & very knowledgable, not only about their wines, but also about the lo... read more

  • SatchiR Avatar
    SatchiR
    18/02/20 - TripAdvisor

    Great cellar door with a terrific view and friendly service, will definitely be going back. The rose was a highlight!

    Hundreds Avatar
    Hundreds
    18/02/20 - TripAdvisor

    Thought we'd try something a bit different to the more well known cellar doors around McLaren Vale and this was a pleasant surprise. The knowledgeable staff took the time... read more

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    738marniet
    18/02/20 - TripAdvisor

    Hubby and I loved the personal attention we received. Felt like we were important customers. Knowledgeable staff met out every need. We walked away with so many wines bec... read more

  • Chantelle Vella Avatar
    Chantelle Vella
    13/01/20 - Facebook

    We hadn't heard of this winery before but thought we would take a look. I knew I would love the experience the moment I walked in as the friendly guy spent so much time w... read more

    Gordon Anderson Avatar
    Gordon Anderson
    27/12/19 - Facebook

    Was barely aware of Hastwell and Lightfoot before dropping in on a whim. Bravo! Sensational winery. Will be back again for sure. Couldn’t recommend any higher

    Nigel Taylor Avatar
    Nigel Taylor
    20/12/19 - Facebook

    Great tasting wines, comfortable tasting room, knowledgeable people. Definitely worth a visit.

  • Brad Simpson Avatar
    Brad Simpson
    01/12/19 - Google

    Lovely Reds. Great service . Stayed ovetime for us no trouble. A great hour spent. Nice platter.Visit this one for sure!

    Sarah Goodwin Avatar
    Sarah Goodwin
    01/12/19 - Google

    Awesome afternoon, best tasting person we’ve encountered in our journey, fantastic service, great platter & great wines.

    Shane Denley Avatar
    Shane Denley
    01/12/19 - Google

    A perfect way to spend a cold rainy Sunday. Sitting by the fire tasting sensational wines, eating platters and learning about thier wines and methods of wine making from ... read more

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    ST PETERS TENNIS CLUB SPTC
    01/12/19 - Google

    Thank you for supporting our community group. We really appreciate it. Your kind donations will go along way to supporting the junior players and our facilities at the cl... read more

    Sherrill Wright Avatar
    Sherrill Wright
    01/12/19 - Google

    What an experience. We were led through the history of the winery, given so much knowledge and information. Nothing was too much trouble. Beautiful setting, great staff,... read more

    Shane Denley Avatar
    Shane Denley
    09/06/19 - Facebook

    We landed here on a spontaneous visit to McLaren Vale. It was absolutely awesome. Beautiful wines, tasty food, and learnt a thing or 2! Couldn't fault our time there. Tho... read more

  • Marie Daws Denley Avatar
    Marie Daws Denley
    09/06/19 - Facebook

    Beautiful cheese platter, amazing wines and very knowledgeable wine guy. A wonderful experience, we will definitely be back

    Marie D Avatar
    Marie D
    09/06/19 - TripAdvisor

    A gorgeous lunch out with a wine flight each, shared lunch platter and a glass of wine each. A truly relaxing experience, which is difficult to achieve with an active 1 y... read more

    763angel Avatar
    763angel
    03/05/19 - TripAdvisor

    Visited today And was welcomed with Very warm And friendly service ????. Informative Wine tasting. Thankyou Mark ????????. Loved The Rosé ). The Platters are gorgeous.. ... read more

  • Fleurieuexpert Avatar
    Fleurieuexpert
    27/04/19 - TripAdvisor

    Came here for their Barbera and fats platter, service was great despite some unruely group who seemed more interested in getting drunk than enjoying the experience.I hi... read more

    Jo Keynes Avatar
    Jo Keynes
    26/04/19 - Facebook

    We enjoyed a well paced wine tasting and their platter was superb.

    Isabel Sassine Avatar
    Isabel Sassine
    14/04/19 - Facebook

    Great host, beautiful day and great food

  • Nicole St. Pierre Avatar
    Nicole St. Pierre
    14/04/19 - Facebook

    Great wine! Knowledgeable staff! Delicious platters! Highly recommend visiting and taking a few bottles home. The rosé and Shiraz were my favorite wines as part of the ta... read more

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    striveseekfind
    13/04/19 - TripAdvisor

    I visited this cellar door based on the recommendation of a friend and I am so glad I did! I ordered the delicious Fatz platter and did a wine tasting. Kishan and Mark (o... read more

    Maria P Avatar
    Maria P
    12/04/19 - TripAdvisor

    Spent a few relaxing hours at a beautiful family-run vineyard. Kishan looked after us and explained the history of the winery, served us our delicious platter. Thoroughly... read more