It wasn't until decades later that a second set of modern day adventurers set out in search of what had been, for so many years, over-looked by Smith and Hooper. Winemaker Heather Fraser and unassuming local-lad-turned-vigneron James Freckleton are two custodians who, quite purposefully, played a tremendous role in our adventure and the creation of the Smith & Hooper story.
A long time ago, two friends set out on an adventure that would in turn expose one of the most naturally developed wine growing regions in South Australia. These two friends were, of course, Smith and Hooper, and the region was Wrattonbully. However, they had no idea of the richness of their discovery - they were simply in search of a tranquil hillside environment to graze their cattle, away from the hustle and bustle of the ever-expanding Adelaide, South Australia. The very last thing they had in mind was the quality of the soil or that they had inadvertently stumbled across the perfect climate for growing grapes of a world-class variety.