Alan and Maria Roe started planting their vineyard in 1996, completing the plantings in 2000. After 32 years of owning and running plumbing supplies shops and a bathroom showroom, they decided it was time to retire, and built the cellar door in '06. The wines have been made by First Creek, as has the exotic range of fruit-based liqueurs using family recipes from Maria's relatives in Italy.
Wollombi Village Vineyard was a project created by husband & wife team Alan & Maria Roe. They purchased the vacant block in the centre of historic Wollombi in 1988 and had visions of doing 'something' to help create more interest for the tourists that often visit this little town that seems to exist in a virtual time lock. The first paddock of chardonnay vines planted in October 1996. Shiraz were planted in 1999. The idea was to keep with the traditional Hunter Valley family run vineyards, with the Mediterranean influence from Maria, who is Italian. The vineyard now produces chardonnay, shiraz & rosé wines. September 9th 2006 saw the grand opening of Wollombi Village Vineyard's Cellar Door. Whilst it was expected that lots of cases of wine would be sold, sales were even higher than anticipated, and there were only 4 bottles of their own specialty liqueur limoncielo left! As the authentic Italian family limoncello recipe 'limoncielo di Wollombi' (Italian lemon liqueur) & 'limoncielo alla crema di Wollombi' (Italian lemon cream liquer) proved so popular, other recipes were added, including dolzetto (fortified wine) both red & white (also available in fantastic Bendigo Pottery crocks as a fundraiser for St John's Anglican Church Wollombi built circa 1840s), amaroe which is a bitter-sweet digestive liqueur, various fruit (seasonal) liqueurs and the caffe range of coffee liqueurs.