In early June of 1994 it came to my attention that a small vineyard in the Barossa ranges, on Flaxman’s Valley road, was for sale. There had been no expressions of interest. Despite the success of small, new wineries, like Rockford, the Australian wine industry was caught somewhat in the doldrums during the early 90’s. Grape prices were low and many growers struggled to make a viable living from their vineyards.
I placed an offer and, to my astonishment, was the owner of the property at 6:30 that evening. To cope with the shock of unexpected vineyard ownership, I immediately set about pruning and rejuvenating the vines, which, I subsequently learnt, had been planted by Thomas Randall, some time around 1910.
I produced the first vintage of “three rivers” from the Stone Chimney Creek block in 1995. They say that the secret of a successful small business starts with turning up every day. It’s somewhat of a shock to find myself with 25 vintages in the cellar!