Ballinaclash Fruit & Wine
Star Cellar Door
Ballinaclash is an innovative enterprise run by Cath and Peter Mullany, the energetic pair who not only grow grapes, but also cherries, stone fruits and plums.
Carloads of eager tourists come for fruit-picking, cherry pie-making and to buy the wide range of preservatives, jams, verjuice and honey. There’s even a fortified cherry wine. Everything is grown and made on-site, except the wine, which is (predominantly) in the safe hands of Madrez Winemaking Services.
The Ballinaclash orchard was established by Peter Mullany’s Irish parents in 1965. Peter was a shearer before taking over with his school-teaching wife and planting the first grapes in 1997.
Over the past 20 years, Ballinaclash has morphed from a wholesale grower to a holistic, self-sustaining enterprise. The farm-gate shop is open Friday to Sunday, and seven days a week in the cherry season. If the Mullany name is familiar, Peter’s brother, Brian, is the man behind Grove Estate. PETER BOURNE
OUTSTANDING WINE: 2016 Ballinaclash Edward Shiraz, A$32