The 4-tonne project


Thanks to the over 400 supporters of the 4 Tonne Project you helped to raise over $46,000 for Companion House, thank you!

Help us turn 4-tonnes of grapes into funds for Canberra’s Companion House.

Some project updates;

21 Dec 15 – Sold out! Over $46k raised by over 400 supporters – thank you.

20 Dec 15 – “…perhaps the best red you will find at this price.” – The Canberra Times

10 Dec 15 – The 4 Tonne Project passes $40k!

3 Dec 15 – Campbell Mattinson gives the 4 Tonne Shiraz 90 points

26 Nov 15 – Head to Plonk, Ainslie Cellars or Jim Murphy Airport Cellars to purchase the 4 Tonne Shiraz in Canberra

21 Nov 15 – The Project has raised over $35k so far!

12 Nov 15 – The 4 Tonne Project in the Canberra Times

27 Jul 15 – $19k raised for Companion House

4 Jun 15 – Contemporary, abstract labels for 4 Tonne Project


Here is a hi-res image of the bottle for those who would like it.

Three Canberra District Wineries joined together to donate Shiraz grapes, winemaking expertise and bottling equipment to make delicious wine and raise funds for Companion House.

We sold the wine for $200 a dozen with $174 per case going to help those Canberrans who are survivors of torture and trauma. The additional $26 a case went to cover costs such as bottles, cartons and postage.

Four Winds Vineyard, Collector Wines and Eden Road Wines have worked together to make the Shiraz (You can find out more about the three wineries at the bottom of the page). The wine was bottled on 12 November 2015 and sold out by 21 December 2015.

Companion House works with people who have sought refuge in Australia from persecution, torture and war related trauma – it is a great local charity and you can find more about them on their website

How the project came about

We had harvested all of the 2015 grapes for the Four Winds Vineyard label and fulfilled all our grape orders but there remained a parcel of Shiraz grapes in the vineyard. As it has been a great season we hated the thought of leaving these lovely grapes on the vine. Our winery was at capacity and we could not fit in another berry so had been tossing around ideas about what to do with these grapes.

The solution presented itself speaking to other people in the industry. We would provide the grapes, and two of our neighbours; Alex McKay from Collector Wines and Hamish Young and Nick Spencer at Eden Road would make and bottle the wine with the proceeds going to Companion House in the ACT.

A little more about the wineries involved


The three wineries involved in the project are in a small cluster around the Murrumbateman and Collector area, 30 minutes north of Canberra.

Four Winds Vineyard –

The team at Four Winds Vineyard will contribute the Shiraz grapes to the project. John Collingwood manages the vineyard and has nurtured the grapes all the way through to what has been a great harvest. Four Winds Vineyard was rated a five-star winery in James Halliday’s 2014 Australian Wine Companion and have recently had their 2013 Tom’s Block Shiraz awarded 96 points by Campbell Mattinson of the Wine Front.

Collector Wines –

Alex McKay of Collector Wines is a great winemaker. Alex was a finalist for the 2010 Gourmet Traveller Wine Winemaker of the Year, he was named ‘best new winery’ in the 2009 Penguin Australian Wine Awards, and rated a five-star winery in James Halliday’s 2015 Australian Wine Companion. His 2005 Marked Tree Red was awarded the NSW Wine of the Year in 2007 and the 2009 vintage was awarded the Rudy Komon Perpetual Memorial Trophy at the 2011 Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show. The 2008 Collector Reserve Shiraz was awarded four trophies including the Dr Gilbert Phillips Memorial Perpetual Trophy for Best Red Wine of Show at the 2010 Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show. Need we say more?

Eden Road Wines –

Nick Spencer and Hamish Young at Eden Road will lend their expertise to the project. The team at Eden Road need little introduction after winning the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy in 2009 with their 2008 The Long Road Shiraz.  The Long Road Shiraz continues to wow wine show judges and critics, winning three trophies at the Canberra regional wine show for Best Shiraz, Best Red Wine, and best wine of the show.  In 2012, The Long Road Shiraz won the Trophy for Best Shiraz at the National Show.

We would love your help to raise funds for this great local organisation. With this team behind the project, you can be sure the wine will be amazing!