Field Day Wine Co.

South Australian Wines

Founded in 2012 by entrepreneurial grape grower Norm Doole, wine strategist and sales wizard Nick Whiteway, and esteemed winemaker Mike Farmilo, Field Day Wine Co. is a meeting of minds that draws on over a century of wine industry experience. The cumulative knowledge of our collective ensures ever-evolving wines that stay true to their purpose: delicious wines of sincere varietal, vineyard and regional expression.

Our Winemaker - Mike Farmilo

Mike Farmilo is a former maker of Penfolds Grange, St Henri and Bin 707 and twice winner of the Jimmy Watson Trophy. He has been making wine in McLaren Vale for over 30 years and is a legend of the industry...and an all-round nice guy.

Growing up in the Riverland, Mike completed his winemaking studies at Roseworthy in 1977 and worked for Angoves in the late 70s - including winning a trophy with a Riverland Riesling in 1981.

Joining Seaview as winemaker in the 1980s, Mike became Group Red winemaker for Penfolds/Southcorp – responsible for all Penfolds red wines including Grange and St Henri, Lindeman’s wines, Seppelt, Wynns and Leo Buring. During his tenure with Penfolds/Southcorp Mike won at least one trophy at every capital city wine show every year and twice won the coveted Jimmy Watson trophy for the best red wine in Australia.

In the midst of all this Mike has also completed vintages in Germany, California, France and Chile. With that much experience, it’s no surprise our wines taste so good!

Top Wineries Australia

This is a real feather in our cap:  Field Day's inclusion means we are in the top 18% of Australia’s 2,000-plus wineries. The Real Review tasted more than 10,000 wines from Australia and New Zealand during the past year to compile their lists. Our inclusion is recognition of our vision and hard work you’ve invested in producing fine wine and will help draw the world’s attention to the quality of Australia’s best wines. 

Ethical Winemaking

As winemakers within the wine industry, we play a small yet intrinsic part in a broader Australian agricultural community. It’s important to Field Day that we operate ethically, and consider the environmental, social and economic influence of our operations.

We care about the process, and take every opportunity to improve how we do wine. This means when we grow and purchase fruit, produce wine and take it to market, it’s with the knowledge that many families depend upon our business for their work and livelihood, social identity, and purposeful connection to the Earth.

It means sourcing fruit from a wide range of growers and regions, supporting a wider economic chain. It means paying these growers on time (it’s a thing!), treating our staff and customers with respect, and selecting suppliers whose values are aligned with our own.

Sustainable South Australian
Grape Growing and Winemaking

On a planet with finite resources and seemingly infinite human wants and desires, Field Day Wine Co. take the production of wine seriously. As a small business we are always open to new ideas and re-assessing our processes when new technology comes along to mitigate our impact on the earth. On our estate vineyards, we have a minimum input viticulture approach, while with our encouragement, many of our grape growers employ sustainable practices in their vineyards.

Vegan and non GMO Wines

All Colab & Bloom and Monterra wines are vegan. To classify as vegan wines, this means they are fined with plant based fining agents, rather than traditional dairy or fish byproducts. The result? All vegetarian and vegan friendly wines! We’re also pleased to say that none of our wines contain Genetically Modified (GMO) products.

Recycled and Considered Packaging Materials

When it comes to packaging, you’ll find our core range in an Australian made bottle that weighs in at 416 grams, versus an industry average 500 gram bottle. This 84g saving amounts to 52kg per pallet of wine shipped domestically or overseas, reducing our freight’s environmental impact.

Our cardboard wine cartons are made from 100% recycled materials, and we are pleased to announce that from March 2023 all of our labels are made from 100% recycled material and compostable inks.

Acknowledgement of Country  

Field Day Wine Co. acknowledges the Ramindjeri and Ngarrindjeri people, the Traditional Custodians of the land and surrounding waters. We acknowledge their deep connection to country and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.