END OF AN ERA
The first photo is October 1999. The second photo is May 2016. So, we have been trading for just over 16 years from the little shop on Bussell Highway in Cowaramup. The lease is up and the owner is selling this shop and the adjoining shop freehold.
This has forced us into re-evaluating the direction for our business into the future, and we are now looking forward to moving back to the farm and the many opportunities having lots of space can offer. We might sell other beverages as well as wine and make some food available as well – many possibilities.
Our property is very attractive, undulating with vines and a backdrop of 37 acres of forest. It’s in a sought after location, just off Caves Road tourist route, and only approximately 10 minutes to both Margaret River and the ocean at Gracetown. (We can even hear the surf when it’s pumping.) Our farm is even closer to the cafe’s, shops and Post Office in Cowaramup, cycling distance really. And, incidentally, there wasn’t even a a road from Cowaramup Village to our farm in 1999! Much has changed in this Margaret River region in just 16 years.
So in the next few months we won’t actually have a shopfront or Cellar Door. We will take these quieter months in this region to put all energy into planning future development and liaising with various bodies and evaluating our ideas.
Online case orders will still be processed as usual. This is the most economical way of purchasing. We will of course, still have stocks of our wines in the usual outlets. (See the website under “Purchase Our Wine” to see our current stockists)
We have put some wines on special to celebrate the next step Shiraz, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc and Lantana with free freight to WA and $12 to other states – need to speak to the Winemaker to produce some allergy friendly bubbles now.
To all those wonderful people we have met through the Cellar Door over the 16 years we will miss your friendly faces and chats. Hope it’s not too long before we have something up and running.
We will still be exhibiting at some shows and expos, and you will be advised when and where.