Formerly known as the 'Wagga Winery', the vineyard started it's life in 1987 when the first rows of Touriga were planted. They were then followed by Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay in 1989. Riesling was planted in later years to round out the selection.
The main building and cellar door were opened in 1990 after being lovingly hand crafted by local builder and character Don Smith. 6 000 Australian cypress logs were hand cut and carefully arranged to emulate a structure from the old world colonial days. The building and surrounds became a historical tribute to farming days gone by and the districts history as a whole.
Don Smith was an avid collector and a lover of anything old (from what we have been told) and many of the building supplies from his creation were salvaged from buildings in the local area and surrounds.
- The slate in the restrooms came from the Wagga and Jerilderie courthouse's. That's a story on it's own!
- The main bar is a haberdashery counter from the old Huthwaites department store.
- The cedar entrance doors are from the Prince of Wales Hotel in Wagga.
- The doors opening up to the outdoor area were salvaged from the Wagga Wagga Hospital.
- The front windows are from the maternity ward at the Wagga Base Hospital, just think how many wide eyed, very nervous new Dad's pressed their nose against that glass.
This is just a snippet of the history this rag tag little building holds.
In 1997, after winning a number of wine and tourism awards, Mr Smith sold the popular venue.
Unfortunately 2012 saw massive flooding in the area which devastated many homes and businesses including the vineyard, the local community pulled together to re-open the doors.
In 2018 a local husband and wife team Kate and Nick Shepherd purchased the winery after it had been closed. They have since been working tirelessly to bring the much loved property back to it's former glory.
Making it once again a place for friend, family and fond memories.