The Past—Gary Farr
Notoriously brusque but hugely admired and loved, Gary Farr has been making wine in the Moorabool Valley, Bannockburn since 1978.
While the landscape has undergone many changes in the past decades, Gary’s approach to wine has not and it is this fastidious attention to detail that has inspired a whole generation of vignerons. His experience as a hands-on winemaker was shaped by time spent at Domain Dujac in Burgundy, Cristom in Oregon and Calera in California. Gary developed an appreciation for the beauty of shiraz and viognier from his many journeys to the France’s Rhone Valley, where he also learned techniques for incorporating these wonderful varieties into his winemaking. He continues to make pilgrimages to Domain Dujac, as he has done for the past two decades, to learn more about the craft of growing and making wine that is a true expression of site.
The reins may have been handed over to the next generation, but Gary, who produced what legendary wine connoisseur Len Evans called “Australia’s best pinot”, still keeps a watchful eye over proceedings to ensure the wine continues to meet his high standards.
The Present—Nick Farr
Nick Farr readily acknowledges the influence of his father in his winemaking and viticultural practices—however, these have been significantly enhanced by his own vast experience. While he was growing up, Nick often worked alongside his father on the family estate before a stint at Rosemount in the Hunter Valley in the late 90s. This was followed by more vintages with Gary as well as at Innisfail Vineyards in the Bannockburn area, where Nick commenced his label Farr Rising. Like his father, Nick has experience at international vineyards, including Cristom in Oregon, Au Bon Climate in California, and Domain Dujac in Burgundy.
Nick’s enthusiasm and passion for wine is captivating, and an excellent grounding in both the new and old schools of winemaking is the perfect complement to his individual tastes and ideas.
“The wines we make are not mainstream—they are expressions of our vineyard, our land and what we like to drink. That is what we promise to deliver.” Nick Farr.