Kilikanoon was founded in 1997 when Kevin Mitchell purchased the property in the hamlet of Penwortham in South Australia's picturesque Clare Valley. Kevin's father Mort Mitchell had been planting and tending to Kilikanoon's Golden Hillside suite of vineyards including the famed Mort's Block, for over 40 years. Kevin's fascination with terroir is a result of years spent playing and eventually working in these vineyards alongside his father. The first Kilikanoon branded wines from the 1997 vintage were four single vineyard wines, each from Kevin and Mort's vineyards. From humble beginnings, with just 25,000 bottles produced from the first vintage, Kilikanoon has grown significantly and is recognized both in Australia and internationally, receiving high praise from some of the world's most respected wine critics.