In 1997 when Scott Ireland and partner Jen Lilburn established Provenance Wines, they knew it wouldn't be easy starting a winery with limited capital and no fixed abode. The one thing the business had was Scott's 20+ years' experience operating contract wine services in the Hunter Valley, Barossa, Coonawarra, Mudgee, Clare Valley, Yarra Valley and Tasmania. He says he met so many dedicated small winemakers that he was hooked for life. In 2004 Scott moved to Austins & Co as winemaker while continuing to grow the Provenance business, developing key relationships with growers in Geelong, the ultra-cool Macedon, Ballarat and Henty. in 2016 Sam Vogel, Scott's long-term assistant winemaker, stepped up to join the business as a partner and they took a long-term lease of 25% of the Fyansford Paper Mill, refurbishing the heritage-listed 1870s local bluestone buildings, providing excellent cellaring conditions.
Exports to Malaysia and Hong Kong.
From our early genesis to today, Provenance has existed to achieve the one simple goal: to make great wines that reveal the fruit quality of special vineyards. The search for vineyards of special provenance began in the mid '90s when Scott Ireland settled in the Geelong region. Keen to work with excellent vineyards west and south of Melbourne, it didn't take long for him to realise that a great prospect existed. An opportunity to bring under the one umbrella, a patchwork quilt of vineyards where the match of grape variety to vineyard site produced great fruit. Provenance Wines was born, the name chosen in recognition of the source vineyards.