Bob and Julie celebrating at 2013 Mudgee Wine Show, after 2011Touriga Nacional wins 3 trohies, including Champion Wine of Show   |   Photo courtesy of Mudgee Guardian
Our small family-owned dryland vineyard in the heart of Mudgee’s premium wine growing area produces small batches of handpicked, mostly hand pressed, high quality wines. Our aim is to ‘tread lightly’, a philosophy of conservation and moderation. Minimal intervention strategies are embraced in the vineyard and winery, such as hand picking, gentle crushing, hand plunging, and basket pressing through to the use of sustainable building materials. The straw bale warehouse and cellar door are under construction, and our producer wholesaler licence currently limits sales to mail, phone and internet orders.
Robert Heslop, Winemaker
Bob began his winemaking career at Kay Bros, in McLaren Vale, South Australia, while enrolled at CSU Wagga Wagga. After returning to NSW, he completed a vintage in the Hunter Valley, and then the family moved to Mudgee, his wife Julie's home town.. They then purchased 50 acres and began planting a small vineyard with a range of grape varieties, including Touriga Nacional, Tinta Cao and Zinfandel. While teaching science at the local high school, Bob began making wine at Mansfield Wines. Since his retirement from teaching, he is following his passion of making his own handcrafted, quality wines.