Josef Chromy escaped from Czechoslovakia in 1950, arriving in Tasmania ‘with nothing but hope and ambition’. A skilled butcher, he established the successful Blue Ribbon meats, the sale of which enabled him to invest in the local wine industry. He went on to own or develop such well-known Tasmanian wine brands as Rochecombe (now Bay of Fires), Jansz, Heemskerk and Tamar Ridge. In 2007, aged 76, Josef launched Josef Chromy wines. The foundation of the business is the Old Stornoway Vineyard, with 60ha of mature vines; the lion’s share is planted to pinot noir and chardonnay, with a little pinot gris, riesling and sauvignon blanc, too. Josef has won a string of awards for his services to the Tasmanian wine industry and his wines earn similar respect, rising from strength to strength in recent vintages. Talented and hard-working winemaker Jeremy Dineen handed over the reins to his capable offsider Ockie Myburgh in January 2021. Exports to all major markets.