Heifer Station

New South Wales | Orange

James' Review

Founders Phillip and Michelle Stivens both grew up on the land, but spent over 25 years in the corporate world, Phillip as owner-operator of real estate offices in Parkes and Orange, Michelle working in the Attorney-General's Department. When their five adult children left the nest, they decided to retire to the land and grow fat cattle, and when Heifer Station, a property Phillip had admired for years, came onto the market they did not hesitate to purchase it. There was an existing 25ha vineyard, planted in 1998, barely visible through the blackberries, and their intention was to remove the vines. But locals argued they should not do so, pointing to the ideal soils: red loam over limestone. After much contemplation, they agreed to give the vineyard a go, and it has indeed proved its worth. In January 2016 they opened a cellar door, housed in a 100-year-old woolshed on the property.

About

Phillip and I both grew up in the country, on the land. Before purchasing Heifer Station in 2009 we both spent in excess of 25 years in the corporate world. With five adult children who had left the nest we decided we would like to retire to the land and grow fat cattle. Then Heifer Station came on the market, a property that, as a real estate agent, Phillip had admired for years. The vineyard barely visible through the blackberries, we purchased the property to pursue our dream, which did not include becoming vignerons. Planning to push the vines out, locals constantly congratulated us on the purchase of a magnificent vineyard, positioned on red loam soils over limestone, rising to an altitude of 900M, in a wine region where altitude is everything. After much contemplation we both agreed to give the vineyard a chance to enjoy the potential it deserved. Five children - imagine the free labour!! Not a chance, all are academics who enjoy the fruits of our labour. Our hard work over the past seven years has seen the vineyard flourish and it wasn’t long before the recognition followed -culminating in double gold medals at Orange and Royal Easter for our shiraz. With the vineyard ticking along nicely, it was time for our business to expand, and in 2016 we opened our stunning cellar door in the old woolshed. Since then we haven’t stopped! Life is great and the wine industry, with all of its challenges, has been an amazing journey. With a great little team around us, we are preparing for an even brighter future.

Specialities

Shiraz, chardonnay, pinot noir, merlot, pinot gris

Cellar Door

Information

100 Year old woolshed. Regional tourism GOLD award. NSW Tourism silver award.

Hours

Open 7 days 11am - 5pm

Details are correct at time of writing

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Food

Information

Cheese boards available for purchase

Details are correct at time of writing

Please check winery website for up to date details

Details

Rating
Winemaker Daniel Shaw, Charles Svenson
Established 1999
Dozens 1500
Vineyards (area) 24.3 ha
Opening Hours Wed-Sun 11-5
Address PO Box 5082, Orange, NSW 2800
Telephone 0407 621 150
Website www.heiferstation.com