Inspired by its potential to produce superior
quality grapes, John and Catherine
Thomson planted their vineyard in 1975 at
Crawford River, in far south-west Victoria. It
was then a relatively unexplored wine
growing region and indeed remains merely
a blot on the canvas, though the area is
now known as the GI of Henty.

Now proud grandparents, John and Catherine enjoy the
rewards of their labour.

Since the initial plantings in the mid 1970´s,
there have been 2 more small plantings.  
Believing in the fine quality of the Semillon
included in the original plantings, John and
Catherine added another 0.7 Ha of the
variety in the early 1990´s.

In 2000, another block of Riesling was
added, which now produces the Young
Vines Riesling wine.
The wintery view from the cellar door down toward the
Crawford River in flood..

Presiding over gently undulating grazing
lands with sprawling forests in the distance,
Crawford River has paved the way for the
industry in what is traditionally a wool, beef
and dairy region.  The winery atop the hill
and the vineyard hugging the slope nestle  in
the midst of a large sheep and cattle station
that John’s great-grandfather  settled in
The cool southerly latitude together with the
maritime environment, complex soil structure
and favourable micro-climate create a terroir
which has justified the initial vision.

Belinda Thomson, elder daughter of John
and Catherine, returned home at the end of
2004 after completing her studies in
Oenology and Viticulture and pursuing
several vintages in various European
locations.  Since 2008, Belinda divides her
time between Spain and home, returning to
Crawford River for the winemaking season
and the all important blending.

In August 2010, Fiona Thomson - the
younger daughter - joined the team.  After
deciding the wine trade just might be for her,
she will soon take on the role of National
sales and Marketing.