... our secluded farm just outside Mudgee is not only a boutique vineyard but also a productive olive grove with two thousand olive trees. Add some sheep, cows, donkeys, goats, chooks, cats and dogs and finally two lovingly styled accommodations to get a wholesome country experience where guests leave rejuvenated.
While the core of the timber homestead was built in 1978 and our “Old Block” Cabernet Sauvignon vines were planted in 1983, a new chapter begun when the current owners Anna and Norbert jumped in at the deep end in 2021 to realise their dream of finally running their own wine family business. It was named Grattai Grove in respect to the established locality. We were propelled into the steepest learning curve in our lives: becoming vignerons, tending to the olives, caring for the animals, fixing machinery and farm infrastructure, working our way to open the doors to the accommodations and eventually releasing our first two wines and extra virgin olive oils in 2023.
An important milestone of realising our vision was to plant several small blocks of vines from scratch to offer a wider range of hand-picked small-batch wines going forward. The young vines include Shiraz, Sangiovese, Pinot Gris and Riesling. To complement the estate grown varieties in these early years, we also source small quantities of grapes from trusted growers in the Mudgee region. We invite you to join us on our journey as we grow our range of produce from our little slice of paradise.
We stumbled upon Old Grattai Road for the first time in June 2021 while exploring the back roads of the beautiful Mudgee Region. It was a beautiful autumn Saturday afternoon, the rolling hills of the Grattai Valley were glowing golden and we stopped to take it all in. We talked about how this area would really be something to live in if a place would come up in a few years time ...
A few weeks later, the opportunity arose to become the new custodians of the magnificent farm we now call our home and profoundly love to share with friends and guests alike.
At 650m altitude, our vineyard is one of the highest in the region. At the core are 40 year old Cabernet Sauvignon vines which have been producing award wining wines over the years. Shiraz, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Sangiovese were recently planted to provide for a wider variety in the future.
Our 2022 Cabernet Sauvignon and our 2023 Sangiovese Rosé are now available in the GG online shop
The Olive Grove was established in 1996/97 and we now enjoy 2000 mature trees. The majority are classic Tuscan varieties of Frantoio & Correggiola; with some Manzanillo, Mission and Piqualle mixed in.
Our 2023 fruit was harvested in early May and cold pressed within 48 hours. Our Extra Virgin Olive Oil can be tasted and bought at the farm and is available through a growing number of stockists.
The Cottage offers spectacular views over the olive groves and the paddocks up to the Avisford Nature Reserve, the ranges that separate us from Mudgee. It sleeps 6 people in three bedrooms.
The Retreat is a one bedroom self contained wing of the homestead and offers views of the vineyard during the day and the Milky Way at night.
Leo, our German Shorthaired Pointer and our first farm dog, is convinced everybody comes to see him. He is very affectionate and loves to play with endless energy.
Hunter, our Rhodesian Ridgeback, is 4 weeks younger than Leo and about 15 kilos heavier. His bark is impressive but he is a gentle and shy giant when you come closer.
Jerry, is the older Miniature Donkey and loves cuddles, especially a good bum rub!
Tom has become quite feisty, especially when he thinks he had enough of the dogs or the goats invading his space. Still loves a cuddle and a rub of his cheeks.
Clearly some work has to be done regarding the table manners of our three super cute Boer Goats. But once you see them running towards you to check you out and of course to ask for food, you will forgive them right away.
Our two barn cats moved in with the donkeys and goats to protect their fresh food from our rodent friends who fiercely chewed through plastic and timber. No more so as the cats started to do what cats are supposed to do...
These Friesian / Speckle cross breeds have been raised with close human contact and will come to the fence for a pet but more importantly for them, some treats! Specks is a steer and Mooey is a heifer who will provide us with calves and milk down the line...
Our five Aussie White ewes (conveniently all named Dolly) have gone through lambing for the first time and we now have also 4 fluffy lambs running around "Dolly Meadows".
A fun mix of Isa Browns, Cornish, Vorwerks and a Legbar. They give us delicious eggs which can be part of your breakfast if you stay in one of our accomodations. Of course they all have names so they don't end up in a soup one day.
There is an abundance of birdlife and these Willie Wagtail babies by now fly around with their many friends including King Parrots, Rosellas, Darters, Wrens, Magpies, Wedge Tail Eagles, Finches, Swallows, Red-rumped Parrots, Galahs, Black Cockatoos, Corellas and and and...
Grattai Grove lies on Wiradjuri land. We acknowledge Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognise the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities; and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
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