About Us


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  • In 1849 Joachim Heinrich Hoklas arrived in Port Adelaide in South Australia on the ship “Australia”. He was part of a group of people who emigrated from the Mecklenburg area of Germany and eventually arrived at New Mecklenburg (now Gomersal) in the Barossa Valley in 1855.

  • In 1860 Joachim purchased a property at New Mecklenburg which has been owned by the Hoklas family ever since. Our vineyard is situated on this property.

  • In the late 1800’s a cellar/barn was built on the property which features an underground cellar with an arched ceiling and an upper level with a slate floor.

  • A vineyard was known to exist on the property in the 1890’s but was removed in the 1900’s. Vines planted by Dean (5th generation), Julie, and their sons Caleb & Isaac in 2001 have been trained and pruned by the family and handpicked by family and friends.

  • The first grapes were harvested in 2004. The vines being only 3 years old produced low yield high quality fruit. The vineyard is being managed to produce approx 5 tonne of grapes per hectare. This low yield philosophy produces high quality single vineyard wines.

  • All family members assist with the vineyard and Dean who has over 15 years experience in wine manufacturing attends to the winery duties and bottling schedules.

  • Hoklas Family Vineyards intends to continue to hand prune the vines, hand pick the fruit from low yielding vines and produce premium full bodied Barossa Style Red Wine.