Owner and winemaker Tim Adams began his career as a cellarhand at the Stanley Wine Company in 1975, working his way through the ranks to become winemaker in 1981. The first inclination to leave came in 1985, when Tim and his wife were approached by local cooper Bill Wray to form a partnership of the two families to make wine and small oak casks. The first wines under the Adams & Wray label were released in 1986, by which time Tim had left the Stanley Wine Company. In May 1987 the Adams & Wray partnership was dissolved, and Tim and his wife Pam took full control of the renamed Tim Adams Wines. In late 1987 they purchased the existing winery site and opened the cellar door in January 1988.
"Tim Adams is one of the finest and most consistent of the Clare Valley’s many wineries. The affordable prices and widespread availability of its wines do not give them the cachet that scarcity or extreme cost often delivers regardless of quality. These are true enthusiasts’ wines – they’re carefully and professionally made from well-managed and low-yielding vineyards, and they exemplify what the Clare Valley is all about. (...)." Jeremy Oliver, Australian Wine Annual '15