My name is Anthony Woollams. I have studied and worked with wine for 30 years, all my working life. I have sold wine, made wine and, most importantly, I have drunk wine and, over that time, I have talked with countless people around the world, winemakers and consumers alike, about what makes wine so intriguing and exciting. And whether the passion is Bordeaux or Burgundy, Shiraz or Champagne, we all have the same things in common. Our passion is born not just out of quality, but out of a knowledge of the places and the people behind the wine.
My passion is Tasmania; because of the amazing quality and beauty that I wake up to every day and especially because I know this place and these people. So when, after 30 years, I finally thought I had learned enough to build a great vineyard and story of my own, I knew two things for certain.
Firstly, that it should be no bigger than I could manage myself: to grow the grapes, to make the wine, to sell the wine. Here and now, my commitment is that 1,000 cases are all that this vineyard will ever release from any one year.
Secondly, that I should share this journey with people from the very beginning so that those who wished could learn enough about this amazing place, and about me, to share in my passion. This is the reason for these pages and my goal is that, by the end of the journey, each of those 1,000 cases will be committed to 1,000 passionate people who have travelled it with me.
The journey, however, is not a short one. It took more than 2 years to find exactly the site I was looking for, another 6 months of negotiation to secure it and it will have taken more than 12 months of preparation by the time the first vines are planted. If all goes well, then the first harvest will be in 2017 and the first release approximately 4 years later. We will all need patience to follow this journey to the end, but the reward will be something we can all be proud of and take pleasure in.