Whistler’s story first began when Martin and Sally Pfeiffer purchased “The Block” in 1982. Back then Martin was managing vineyards for Penfolds and decided he needed some relief from the day to day management demands. To take his mind off vineyard work, he used the land for sheep grazing and cropping as well as entertaining the family with bonfires and BBQ’s.
In 1994 the vineyard urge was too strong and Martin purchased old cuttings from a Kalimna vineyard. This was the beginning of “Heysen Estate” named after the Heysen Trail which runs along the eastern boundary. It wasn’t long before Martin's brother, Chris and his wife Jayne took an interest in the venture and Whistler Wines was created.
Grape growing has been part of the Pfeiffer family way of life for four generations. The brothers grandfather Albert was the first family member to tend vineyards and would spend many hours in the vines, talking to them and encouraging them to grow before harvesting the grapes and selling them to local producers.
Along with producing great wines including their award winning Shiraz and Semillon, Whistler has become famous for their food and wine events. Each event features local food producers and musicians creating a great atmosphere to kick back and enjoy.
More than 100 years on, the next generation have taken up the reins, with a passion and focus on producing sustainable wines using organic and biodynamic practices. With over 20 years’ experience in the industry Matt, Mel and Josh are excited to share their knowledge with customers. From picking days to foot stomping grapes, visitors are encouraged to get involved in the process and learn more about the details behind the scenes.
Named Cellar Door of the year in 2014 this is a must visit destination on your next visit to Barossa.
Opening Hours: 10.30am - 5.00pm - 7 days
Closed: Good Friday, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day