Terrey and Barbie Johnson (and family) raise beef cattle on a property at the southern end of Orange. Seeking to diversify, the Johnsons planted a vineyard at an elevation of 960m, making it one of the coolest in the region. The plantings began in 1990 with chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon, the latter since grafted or removed because the climate is simply too cool. About 60% of grapes (now majority pinot and chardonnay, with smaller plantings of riesling, pinot gris, gewürztraminer, sauvignon blanc and merlot) are sold to various other producers making Orange-designated wines. In 2013 the brand evolved from Bantry Grove to Slow Wine Co, for which a steadily increasing portion of the grapes is retained. The cellar door opens late on Friday and Saturday night, serving tapas.
Slow Wine Co produces hand crafted cool climate wines from the Orange wine region. All fruit from the Bantry Grove vineyard is gently nurtured throughout the growing season, hand picked during vintage and finally treated with great attention in the winery.
Slow Wine Co strives to ensure its wines are amongst the best cool climate wines in the region, each clearly conveying their distinct terroir.