meadow of the church and is the name of the founder
s grandfathers farm in County Clare, Ireland.
Dr John Kirk founded Clonakilla vineyard at Murrumbateman, 40 kilometres north of Canberra, in 1971 after his scientific curiosity led him to question why vines were not being grown in this area. His research showed that the soil and climate seemed suited to certain varieties.
In 1997 Tim Kirk, the fourth of John`s six sons, took over responsibility for winemaking. Today, Clonakilla is recognised as one of the leading estates in Australia.