Tim Adams

Tim Adams Wines, Mr Mick’s

Tim Adams is widely acknowledged as a legend of the Australian wine industry. His career began in 1975 as a cellar hand for then noted Clare winery Stanley Wine Company. He worked his way up to Lab Assistant in 1976 and with encouragement from GM Mick Knappstein enrolled in Wine Science at Charles Sturt Uni graduating in 1981. By 1982, Tim was appointed winemaker under the guidance of Mick Knappstein.

In 1984 Clare cooper Bill Wray suggested Tim partner him in a small run of wines and by 1986 the first wines under the Adams & Wray label were released. In 1988, Tim and partner Pam took ownership of the Adams & Wray winery and cellar door and Tim Adams Wines was in full swing. Tim left Stanley Wines by then but maintained a relationship with Mick Knappstein until Mr Mick passed away in 1997. Mick is now lionised in Tim and Pam’s other Clare winery Mr Mick which they began in 2011.

Today, Tim's skills as a winemaker cover the output of 11 Clare wineries and varieties from his trademark Riesling, Shiraz and Cabernet through to Pinot Gris and Tempranillo. Highly acclaimed, Tim Adams wines score so well and consistently with James Halliday that the winery is rated 5 stars by the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion.