We have been growing grapes and making wine in the Coal River Valley since 1999 when we purchased a one hectare vineyard and a home in Cambridge, South East Tasmania. Our lives took a fast U-turn and those vines became our life and we became passionate Tasmanian wine producers. We believed that it was the right time and the right place to be making wine and we felt the promise of what was to come. It has been an exciting eighteen years in the Tasmanian wine industry as one hectare vineyards became five and then ten and so on. As the whole industry on this island has grown in size, it has also grown in confidence and gained success that we believed in from the beginning. There is more to come.
We love the whole process from growing the grapes to making the wine - it is what we want to do. Before vineyard life, I was a teacher with a life-science science degree and Todd was a chemical engineer working internationally in the oil and gas sector. When we started there was a lot of collaborative assistance in the rapidly growing Tassie industry to get going and gain know-how but a lot of the time it seemed that we felt our way in the dark. A lot of fun, and an incredible amount of hard work that we could never have anticipated was to be had, as we developed our property into the 5 hectare Coal Valley Vineyard and established a busy cellar door and restaurant. Just as it was feeling like a well oiled machine we were approached by someone who wanted to buy. After much deliberation we decided to take the plunge and move to the less developed side of the Coal River Valley to develop something on a bigger scale, refining what we already know.
So … in September 2017 we moved to Brinktop, taking with us just a few select barrels of Pinot Noir and Tempranillo from the ’17 vintage and our two decades of experience. Brinktop Vineyard is a 160 acre property that has a lovely ridge running north south, affording east facing slopes with dolerite soils that are promising to be perfect vineyard terroir! Eight hectares of vines are planted out now to carefully selected clones of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Shiraz and of course a little Tempranillo. Vintage 2018 was the first in our new small winery and we produced nine barrels of Pinot Noir with very high quality grapes sourced from a local well established vineyard.
So now, as we launch this website, our select barrels of 2017 Pinot Noir and Tempranillo are in bottle and ready for you to enjoy. We are excited about what is still to come and hope you enjoy drinking our wines as much as we enjoy making them.
Gillian Christian and Todd Goebel