This began as the venture of what might kindly be called wine village elders or, less kindly, likely suspects, with an awesome amount of knowledge about every aspect of the wine industry. In 1993 Scott Collett, Rocco Melino, Roger Oakeshott, Grant Tilbrook, John Younger and Guido Zuccoli formed a partnership to develop this large vineyard which, until 2013, was content to stick to supplying grapes for some of the partners’ own enterprises and to businesses as large as Pernod Ricard. Rocco and Guido have since passed on, with Guido’s daughter Lynne and Simon and Karina Spier joining the partnership. The Lilliputian production will skyrocket if the partners so wish, for the quality is obvious.
Back in 1993 Geoff Hardy, having noticed the outstanding quality of the grapes produced in the area, brought together a group of wine loving friends to purchase the 430 acre property near Mundulla in South Australia. The circle of friends included Scott Collett, Rocco Melino, Roger Oakeshott, Grant Tilbrook, John Younger and Guido Zuccoli.
Over the next three years, and with the primary aim of growing premium quality fruit, the vineyard was planted out mainly with International varieties suited to the site. Since then an eclectic mix of emerging varieties have been added.