Flavours from the far south – Bruny Island Premium Wines
Carved from bush and pastureland on the outskirts of the sleepy little island settlement of Lunawanna on Bruny Island is Australia’s southernmost vineyard.
Richard and Bernice Woolley bought the Wayaree Estate property in 1997 and they established their vineyard the following year, planting 2500 Pinot Noir and 1500 Chardonnay vines. In 2008 they extended the vineyard to 6000 vines and they are now in the process of extending again to 10,000 vines.
There is a long tradidion of fruit-growing in Bernice’s family. Up to the 1950’s, Bernice’s father, grand-father and great grand-father had Apple and Pear orchards at Alonnah on the South Island. But the story goes back even further – Bernice is a direct descendant of Bruny’s first sellers, who arrived at Coal Point in Adventure Bay in 1878.
And the history of horticulture on Bruny reaches a further 100 years into the past, because it was on this scenic island off Tasmaia’s south east coast that Australia’s first apple trees and grape vines were planted in 1778 by Captain Wiiliam Bligh.
The two-hectare vineyard set on a gently-sloping site with a sunny northerly aspect, has been producing premium-quality, cool-climate wines, grown, harvested and crafted to reflect the regions terroir. With over 30 medals in national and international wine shows to their credit.
The Cellar Door was opened in 2007, featuring timber from the original vineyard site. In 2013 it was up-graded to a Wine Bar and Grill which offers all day Lunches, tastings and sales in a relaxed alfresco dining area amoungst the vines, featuring an extensive Bruny Island produce menu. In 2016 they decided to expand their product range of by making Apple Cider in the winery, this has since become a very popular beverage with many travellers to the Island.
Bruny Island Premium Wines is a family run business, that is passionate about providing customers with a unique enjoyable experience with a strong connection between premium, handcrafted wines, the island’s fine produce, friendly welcoming hospitality and the beautiful, pristine, unspoilt environment.