Back in 1989 a Kiwi girl met a West Aussie boy whilst working in Melbourne. A common love of travel saw them work and travel overseas together for a few years, before returning to Melbourne where they got married, bought a house and celebrated the birth of their son – Bailey.
During these years they also discovered a shared love of all things to do with wine. In early 1997 before the term had been coined they embarked on a ‘tree change’ – relocating themselves and their son, closer to family and to a 10 acre property near Harvey. This place would become Vineyard 28 – with the first vines planted in the Spring of 1998.
Some 20 years later and the property now boasts an extensive vineyard planted mostly to the Italian varieties, Arneis, Dolcetto and Nebbiolo along with some Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Along the journey, another child was added to the mix – a daughter Gabrielle in 1999 and a dog called Jasper.
It was a family effort to create the Cellar Door, built from local Lake Clifton limestone in 2005 and the winery building (Mark’s big shed) was added in 2010.
Mark is our winemaker.
2015 saw the vineyard plantings further expanded by Mark & Pippa taking on the lease of another vineyard site in the Harvey hills; Wildwater – where they grow Muscat, Dolcetto and as of 2017 Pignoletto.