Gill and Todd Goebel have been growing grapes and making wine in the Coal River Valley, Tasmania, since 1999. Brinktop is their second venture, started when they purchased an old farm called Killara located between the village of Richmond and Sorell.
The property is ideal for viticulture. It has a long ridge affording gentle, east-north-east facing slopes and excellent dolerite soils that had been used for grazing pig, dairy cows and sheep for the previous 100 years. Being in the Coal River Valley it is a warmer site but the slopes are cooled each afternoon during the growing season by the sea breezes coming straight off nearby Frederick Henry Bay.
Eight hectares are now planted out mainly to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay leaving a hectare each for Tempranillo and Syrah. Brinktop wine is made by Todd at the onsite winery.
Spring at Brinktop
East north east facing slopes with rich dolerite soils are planted out to Pinor Noir, Chardonnay, Tempranillo and Syrah
Early days at Brinktop
A few select barrels
Sheep, dairy cows and pigs grazed the farm for 100 years before vines were planted
Todd and Gill
Ready to plant vines at the old Killara Farm