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The Wine Farm

Neil and Anna Hawkins bought South Gippsland’s old Lyre Bird Hill vineyard in 2014 - not far from iconic Bass Phillip. Neil had worked as a winemaker around the world, as well as in his native South Africa, where the pair met, before landing in Sydney (Anna’s home), and finally Gippsland. The region neatly fit the bill for the pair’s passion for cool climate varieties, and an established dry-grown vineyard on own roots that was small enough to essentially manage themselves, was too good a prospect to pass up. They lovingly tend their 3 hectares of vines according to Demeter biodynamic methods. Their viticultural/winemaking methodology is impressive, and the wines show the sensitivity that such care brings.