Crawford River Wines
Star Cellar Door
John and Catherine Thomson planted their vineyard in 1975 on a plot of land 90 minutes from Dunkeld that had been home to four generations of wool growers. Relative pioneers in the unexplored Henty wine region, the couple continued to run the farmstead and estate, full-time vineyard management, and winemaking was passed on to daughter Belinda in 2005. Their second daughter, Fiona, also works in the business.
Substantial plantings of riesling and cabernet sauvignon were established in 2000 and now represent some of the best examples of these varieties in the region.
While their cellar door is only open by appointment (it is, as Catherine describes, still a working farm), the family host tastings regularly, catered to suit individual preferences, in their cellar door, designed by Australian architect Dr Graeme Gunn. CHRISTINA KAIGG
OUTSTANDING WINE: 2018 Crawford River Riesling, A$45