When Constellation decided to sell (or mothball) its large Padthaway winery, built by Hardys little more than 10 years previously at a cost of $20 million, chief winemaker Sue Bell was summarily retrenched. In quick succession she received a $46 000 wine industry scholarship from the Grape & Wine Research Development Council to study the wine industry in relation to other rural industries in Australia and overseas, and its interaction with community and society. She also became Dux of the Len Evans Tutorial, her prize an extended trip through Bordeaux and Burgundy. She decided to stay and live in Coonawarra, and the next stroke of good fortune was that the beautiful stone Glen Roy shearing shed in Coonawarra (built in 1868) came on the market - which is now her winery and cellar door. Exports to the UK, Canada and France.
Sue Bell, Steve Brown
14183 Riddoch Highway, Coonawarra, SA 5263
0417 080 945