Having enjoyed the hospitality and great food and wines of the Fleurieu Peninsula region for many years, George and Jodie decided to investigate the possibility of a “lifestyle property” where their children could grow up enjoying and emulating their outdoorsy, fun, country childhoods. Jodie's idea was a beach retreat at Port Willunga where she could sit on the veranda with the latest issue of Conde Nast Traveller magazine (yes, she can dream) kids happily playing on the beach and beach walks with our loyal Staffy, Tex. Unbeknownst to her (but in hindsight not surprising), George’s idea was a property on the banks of the Murray River where he could enjoy skiing – a sport he loved as a teen.
One fateful day in December 2015, George came home and made the announcement that he had purchased said lifestyle property, but it came with a catch – an 88 acre vineyard fronting the Finniss River at Currency Creek!! Family laughed “yep, and Pigs Might Fly too”, “What a Pie in the Sky idea”, you are “Off with the Fairies” and "are you running with the Hares or Hunting with the Hounds" were some of the sayings bandied around that evening. Family did eventually adapt and now affectionately call said vineyard “George’s Folly”.
Initially planted for bulk grape supply to large wineries (which is still the mainstay of the property), George decided to graft the Riesling grapes over some varietals which could be made into the wines we enjoy today, and we now have a little patch which includes Roussanne, Nero d’Avola, Montepulciano and Sauvignon Gris, and in their infancy, Primativo and Saperavi. We haven't stopped there though, we are toying with the idea of planting several other Italian varietals in the next few years.
And so our foray into the wine industry was born!
And, whilst we affectionately call the vineyard “George’s Folly”, we take it all pretty seriously as we like to drink and enjoy what we produce! As for the relaxing and skiing …. certainly not as much as we’d like!