Garry’s long-standing love of wine saw him move from horticulture to viticulture at about the same time the Peninsula was emerging as a wine growing area. Our first plantings in 1982, a mere five acres, more than doubled the area under vine in the region. In 1992 the cellar door tasting room and the winery café under Margaret Crittenden’s culinary expertise marked the beginning of wine tourism in the area and a new industry for the Peninsula. That humble but popular cafe is now one of the Peninsula's acclaimed restaurants, Stillwater at Crittenden, under the ownership of Zac and Jacqui Poulier.
Rollo and Zoe grew up among the young vines and it was possibly the magic of grape growing that encouraged Rollo to head to the vineyards of Italy and America after finishing studying at Charles Sturt University. It was here, experiencing vintage internationally, where he honed the skills acquired from watching his father.
Garry was one of the first in Australia to commercialise Italian wine varieties and now the second generation, siblings Rollo and Zoe, have since also embraced the enticing varieties of rural Spain.
We’re not sure whether it’s a case of ‘nature or nurture’, but Rollo’s award as ‘Australian Young Gun of Wine’ and Garry’s elevation to a wine industry ‘legend’ of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival might point to the fact that it’s something in the genes.
We’ll wait to see what the third generation may bring!