The man behind Hawkers Gate is James Hastwell. James' introduction
to grapegrowing and winemaking began in 1988 when his parents
and their friends bought land in McLaren Vale and began a
vineyard known as Hastwell and Lightfoot
then, he has worked for several McLaren Vale wineries including
Kay Brothers, Haselgrove Wines, Rosemount Estate and Maglieri.
He has also worked for Cardinale, the super premium arm of
Kendall-Jackson in Napa, California.
James obtained his Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Oenology)
at the University of Adelaide's Waite campus in 2001. However
he became restless early on and set up and managed the Ashcroft
vineyard in 1999 and started Hawkers Gate in vintage 2000.
He then set about building a brand new winery in 2003.