Shaw + Smith was established in 1989 by cousins Martin Shaw and Michael Hill-Smith MW after having a long held dream of making wine together. It was identified as a leading producer of Sauvignon Blanc by the time they acquired a 42ha property at Woodside, in the Adelaide Hills region. In 1999, Martin and Michael bought a 36ha property in Balhannah, building the attractive winery in 2000 and planting more Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Riesling.
Shaw + Smith's winery is considered as the benchmark for winery improvements in Adelaide Hills. In 2002, a new bottling line was set up, guaranteeing full control of every aspect of production - from grape berry to bottle.