Established by David and Cheryl Clarke (née Thorn), and son Sam,Thorn-Clarke is one of the largest family-owned estate-based businesses in the Barossa. Their winery is close to the border between the Barossa and Eden valleys and 3 of their 4 vineyards are in the Eden Valley: the Mt Crawford Vineyard is at the southern end of the Eden Valley, while the Milton Park and Sandpiper vineyards are further north in the Eden Valley. The 4th vineyard is at St Kitts, at the northern end of the Barossa Ranges. In all 4 vineyards careful soil mapping has resulted in matching of variety and site, with all the major varieties represented. The quality of grapes retained for the Thorn-Clarke label has resulted in a succession of trophy and gold medal–winning wines at very competitive prices. Exports to all major markets. -JAMES HALLIDAY
The name Thorn-Clarke derives literally from the relationship of two long time Barossa families. Founders David and Cheryl Clarke (nee Thorn) work with their children in this family orientated business. The Thorn-Clarke family has a long history in the Barossa – six generations of involvement in this world famous wine region.
Today the Clarke family is one of the Barossa's outstanding private grape growers and winemakers with vineyards planted in four distinct microclimates in the Barossa and Eden Valley.
The winery has received a five star rating from Australian Wine critic James Halliday (awarded to wineries regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity). U.S wine writer Robert Parker has described Thorn-Clarke as producing some of the best value reds in Australia. Their record on the domestic and international wine show circuit is enviable.