Burke & Hills

New South Wales | Orange

Our Review

In response to my standard request for insight into motives and goals, founder Doug Burke wrote, ‘I guess you would scream if you heard another new small vineyard/winery prattling on about small volumes, low yields, best practice … in a quest for great quality, subtlety and complexity.’ Very likely, but here the facts speak for themselves: the selection of a steeply sloping, frost-free, north-facing slope rising to an altitude of 940 m on Mt Lidster; the planting of 10 ha of classic varieties, but including a mix of the best clones of pinot noir; the appointment of Brett Wilkins as viticulturist and former Gevrey Chambertin-cum-Flying Winemaker Christophe Derrez; the erection of a 200 tonne capacity winery to supplement cash flow by undertaking contract winemaking; and the running of the Lakeside Café at Lake Canobolas, 2 km from the winery … All of these things point to a business plan with one objective: in Burke’s words, ‘Don’t go broke.’

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Winemaker Chris Derrez, Lucy Maddox
Established 1999
Dozens NA
Vineyards (area) N/A
Opening Hours Fri-Mon 11-5 at Lakeside Cafe, Lake Canobolas
Address Cargo Road, Lidster, NSW 2800
Telephone (02) 6365 3456
Website N/A