We love the simple things; making great wine and wood-fired pizzas.
What started out as one couple’s dream to grow and sell grapes has turned into an inter-generational family business. Four Winds Vineyard now grows grapes, makes wine and has a cellar door on site, so that you can come and sit amongst the vines and enjoy our wines with our delicious wood-fired pizzas.
We understand that great wines are made in the vineyard, so a lot of our energy goes into growing the best grapes. Each year we hand-prune each of our 29,000 vines to ensure each plant has the best start to the season. To allow air and light into the canopy we leaf pluck and shoot-thin through the growing season. Come harvest time we handpick the grapes so that they arrive at the winery in the best condition. We love making wine, and want to ensure we are making the best wines possible for you.
The ‘Four Winds’ Story
The Four Winds Story began with a miner and his wife who lived on the property in a slab-hut. Her name was Scheherazade, after the story teller in The Arabian Nights. Her favourite story describes a magic carpet being borne by the four winds of good fortune. She named this small farm in Murrumbateman ‘Four Winds’ in the hope it would carry their good fortunes. We hope that the four winds carry your good fortunes!
We are located to the north of Canberra just east of Murrumbateman, on the corner of Murrumbateman Road and Patemans Lane. We planted our thirty-three acre vineyard in 1998 and 1999 with five varieties; Shiraz, Riesling, Cabernet, Merlot and Sangiovese.
You can come and visit us and see what we are all about. Alternatively; if a visit isn’t possible, sign up to our newsletter to get all the latest updates from the team. The newsletter will also tell you about our events; winemaker dinners, blending seminars, harvest festival etc.
We ship our wine Australia-wide and we are always ready to help. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some Four Winds Vineyard facts;
- The vineyard is 33 acres
- Each of our twenty-nine thousand vines are hand pruned and hand picked each year
- We grow Shiraz, Riesling, Cabernet, Merlot and Sangiovese
- The vineyard was planted in 1998
- The cellar door was completed in 2013
John has swapped physiotherapy for farming and joined the Four Winds Vineyard team in January 2010 as vineyard manager. He has launched himself into vineyard life, established a great workshop, and can often be found dismantling and reassembling any piece of farm equipment.
Sarah returned to the family’s vineyard with John in early 2010. Sarah looks after much of the logistics and paperwork associated with running a vineyard and winery. Like John, she is a keen mountain biker and will often be found on the weekends enjoying Canberra’s amazing trails.
Suzanne & Graeme Lunney
Suzanne and Graeme planted the vineyard with the family in 1998 and since then have turned Four Winds Vineyard into an oasis of gardens, orchards and roses.
Suzanne won’t be found without her secateurs on her hip and tends the 200 rose bushes around the vineyard.
Graeme is the expert on the pizza oven and each weekend will often be found turning out the delicious wood-fired pizzas.
Jaime and Bill Crowe make the wines for Four Winds Vineyard. The couple started their custom crush business, Highside Winemaking in early 2016 after being the winemakers for Four Winds Vineyard for five years.
Jaime came to winemaking from the science side of the discipline. Starting off with a forensic biology degree she spent two years working in a pathology laboratory. She swapped pathology for the laboratory at the Hardy Wine Company’s Kamberra complex where she worked two vintages.
Bill Crowe spent ten years working under the direction of winemaker Scott Harvey of Scott Harvey Wines in Napa Valley California before joining Jaime in Australia.