- Among the oldest Shiraz in Bendigo
- Incredible value-to-quality producer from an 'undiscovered' region
When Ross Lougoon, a sheep shearer by profession, and wife Robyn took over the property, the vines had long run wild. Originally planted in the 1960s by Ross' late uncle Tom Connor (a renowned inventor who created the world's first pick up baler & post hole digger), the idea was nothing more than to run a farm. They painstakingly nurtured and revitalized the vineyard and sold the grapes to other wineries.
However, a drop in demand and prices led to the Lougoons making their own wine. The rest, as they say, is history.
Today the farm sports not only some of the oldest blocks of Shiraz in the region but a number of other varieties as well, some centenerian lemon trees, and sheep (but of course!) that graze among the vines. The enterprising family also runs a nearby eatery, the Marong Family Hotel, where they showcase their wines alongside other regional drops.