DJW is Daniel James Wilson. In his junior days the young Wilson had a slogan which seemed to follow him everywhere- "DJW rules". Deceptively simple, the message was repeated with regularity on school book covers, desks, garden edgings and wet concrete whenever the opportunity arose. With time and maturity the slogan disappeared but the initals DJW were often used by family members when referring to the future winemaker.
In 1997 with encouragement and help from his father Dr. John Wilson, Daniel established a small 5.5 acre plot of Riesling in the highest and most fertile corner of the Wilson property. It was a natural progression to name this vineyard the DJW vineyard.
From the first vintage in 2001 it became apparent that the fruit was different to our older vineyard. The larger vines on the DJW vineyard produced bigger bunches and berries than those from the Polish Hill River vineyard. Due to the differences in flavours and aromas the decision was made to keep the two wines seperate. It was once again a natural progression to call the wine DJW.