About Us


Rowland and Shelley Short came to McLaren Vale about 8 years ago where they bought an existing Shiraz vineyard and house. They set about building a new Cellar Door and creating Maximus Wines.

Maximus Wines has had incredible success having won many accolades, national gold medals and been named the best small producer  in McLaren Vale twice.

Rowland - an old sea dog, and therefore an enthusiastic gin drinker (strictly for the health benefits you understand) decided to bring to fruition his dream of a small batch artisan gin.

This is an exercise in perfect sustainability - gin made from grapes grown on the property, then distilled on the property and finally bottled on the property - all by hand.

While out to dinner with family celebrating a birthday, Rowland asked for ideas for a name for the new gin. Henry, his 17 year old grandson, quick as a flash, suggested “Settlers Gin”, picking up on the history of South Australia and its free settlers who arrived by sea from the UK to take up land grants in 1836.

Being a South Australian gin, some botanicals needed to be native to South Australia.  Muntrie berries from the Coorong were chosen along with lemon myrtle from the Adelaide Hills.