The Kilikanoon winery was established in the year 1997. Wine - proprietor and producer Kevin Mitchell bought the property which went by the same name in the hamlet of Penwortham, a sub - region of the enchanting Clare Valley wine region in South Australia. Kevin hails from a family with a long history of grape - growing. Thus, he saw the opportunity to create his own wine brand and nabbed it. Mort Mitchell, Kevin’s father and mentor tended to the lush vineyards of Killikanoon’s Golden Hillside suite, which included the famous Mort’s Block for more than 40 years. Kevin used to help and work with his father and this led to him getting fascinated with grapes and wine. The very first Kilikanoon wines from the 1997 vintage were single vineyard wines from both Kevin and Mort’s vineyards. These four varietals were named the ‘Blocks Road’ Cabernet, ‘Prodigal’ Grenache, ‘Oracle’ Shiraz and ‘Mort’s Block’ Watervale Riesling.