Aphelion: Ancient Greek: ‘From the Sun’

Aphelion Wine Co. was founded in November 2015 by husband and wife team Rob Mack and Louise Rhodes. Guided by our desire for the world to produce Genuine, Authentic, Quality McLaren Vale Grenache, we handcraft select parcel wines, and produce styles that are perfectly matched to food.


Lou & Rob’s journey began on the Love Boat Pacific Princess in 2005. Over a bottle of Barolo in the floating Italian restaurant, Rob had a wine epiphany. So complex, layered and nuanced, it was art in a bottle, it was irresistible, it cemented a passion. Next was to enrol in a winemaking degree, while working as a wine buyer and planner for a wine club. This led to an opportunity to make the wines for the wine club in beautiful McLaren Vale. Trading our lives in Sydney for the Vale was a leap of faith, and the best decision we ever made. Lou started her food, wine & travel blog, so inspired by the produce, cuisine and wines of the Vale. In 2014, together we worked with local growers and wineries to make the first Aphelion Wines.


Taste the sun in our wines, easily paired to food and your life’s best moments.


We work hand in glove with the growers of our premium quality fruit. Inspired by their sustainable viticultural practices, their philosophy matches ours. These parcels are hand tended using modern equipment and time old methods to create low intervention wines that speak and taste of the land they are from.


We aim to showcase the best of our home region, McLaren Vale, as well as select pockets of surrounding regions in South Australia.


What we stand for.


  • Taste the sun in our wines, easily paired to food and your life’s best moments.
  • Genuine, Authentic, Quality McLaren Vale Grenache.
  • Our growers are our partners coaxing premium quality fruit from select parcels.
  • We invite you to be part of our family.




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