Bruny Island Premium Wines

Carved from bush and pastureland on the outskirts of the sleepy little island settlement of Lunawanna on Bruny Island is Australia’s southernmost vineyard.

Richard and Bernice Woolley bought the Wayaree Estate property in 1997 and established their vineyard the following year, planting 2500 Pinot Noir and 1500 Chardonnay vines. In 2008 they extended the vineyard to 6000 vines and are now in the process of extending again to 10,000 vines.

There is a long tradition of fruit-growing in Bernice’s family. Up to the 1950s, Bernice’s father, grandfather and great-grandfather had apple and pear orchards at Alonnah on the South Island. But the story goes back even further: Bernice is a direct descendant of Bruny’s first settlers, who arrived at Coal Point in Adventure Bay in 1878.

And the history of horticulture on Bruny reaches a further 100 years: it was on this scenic island off Tasmania’s south east that Australia’s first apple trees and grape vines were planted in 1778 by Captain William Bligh.

The two hectare vineyard set on a gently sloping site with a sunny northerly aspect, has been producing premium quality, cool climate wines, grown, harvested and crafted to reflect the regions’ terroir. The wines have won more than 30 medals in national and international wine shows.

The cellar door was opened in 2007, featuring timber from the original vineyard site. In 2013 it was upgraded to a wine bar and grill that features an extensive Bruny Island produce menu offering all-day lunches, tastings and sales in a relaxed alfresco dining area amongst the vines. In 2016, they decided to expand their product range by making Apple Cider in the winery, which has since become a very popular beverage with many travellers to the island.

Bruny Island Premium Wines is a family run business, and the Woolleys are passionate about providing customers with a uniquely enjoyable experience that draws a strong connection between premium, handcrafted wines, the island’s fine produce, friendly welcoming hospitality and the beautiful, pristine environment.

4391 Main Road, Lunawanna, Bruny Island TAS 7150
p: 0409 973 033
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