Wine Time on Island Time | Kangaroo Island Wine

If you think making wine is a slow process, just wait until you meet the winemakers on Kangaroo Island.

It’s not that they’re any more committed to their craft than their mainland counterparts — although they do make some superb wines — it’s just that on Kangaroo Island, we like to take our time.

Things happen when they happen, and as long as there’s wine, meat and vegetables on the table at the end of the day, you’re laughing.

That’s the perspective of Dudley Wines owner and operator Jeff Howard.

Jeff Howard, Dudley Wines, Kangaroo Island

“We call it Island Time because we do what we want, when we want,” he smiles cheekily.

“We go fishing when we want to, we go farming when we have to, we don't have to obey the nine-to-five rules.

“It's a better way of doing things.”

The fourth generation Kangaroo Island farmer admits he’s “led a pretty sheltered life” on the Island, but he wouldn’t have it any other way.

"We've been farmers forever, I'm a fourth-generation farmer on KI,” he says. “We probably only went to the mainland about three times by the time I was 12.”

Jeff started Dudley Wines, with two of his mates back in 1997 on the back of the wool trade collapse, and as the brand grew, he decided to take the winery on as a family business in 2010.

“We were the first to have a commercial vintage on Kangaroo Island and the whole family is now involved in the wine business,” he says.

Jeff Howard, Dudley Wines, Kangaroo Island
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