In 1989, cousins Martin Shaw, winemaker, and Michael Hill Smith, Australia’s first Master of Wine established Shaw and Smith. They produce cool-climate wines from Adelaide Hills in South Australia. Their first vintage, a 1990 Sauvignon Blanc was made from purchased fruit. The partners bought the 104 acre M3 Vineyard at Woodside in the Adelaide Hills in 1993 and over the next two years planted Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The soils are sandy loam over red-yellow clay with some shale. In 1999 Martin and Michael purchased the 114 acre Balhannah Vineyard and planted Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Riesling. Soils are composed of sandy loam with underlying layers of red clay mixed with quartzite and shale. Shaw and Smith has developed a reputation as an artisanal producer of some of Australia’s finest wines.
The Westport community and surrounding area have welcomed Black Bear Wines and Spirits as their premier provider of fine wine, unique beer, and specialty spirits. Black Bear Wines and Spirits offers a large inventory of unique products, provides in-store wine & spirit classes on select Fridays, and supports local charities and their events.
Inspired by the American Black Bear, our service and offerings aspire to its reputation as one of the most intriguing and magnificent species in the world. Bold in stature and character, the Black Bear is also known for its solitary nature and keen intelligence.
The distinctive qualities of this awe-inspiring animal can be found in the world's finest wines and spirits. From full-bodied Bordeaux with a strong backbone, to smooth, imported vodka infused with the light zest of wild berries; they are both distinctive and magnificent. And we offer them to you with our commitment to the very highest level of service.
221 Post Road West | Westport, CT 06880
10 am - 9 pm
Sunday 11 am - 6 pm