21st Anniversary Long Lunch
On March 9th 2019 we celebrated our 21st anniversary with a long lunch in the vines for 152 guests. And what a celebration it was!
21 years ago Richard & Janet planted the first vines in Rylstone. What started as one couple’s passionate endeavour has grown into a multi-generational family affair. Recently awarded Australian Wine of the Year 2018 by Winestate Magazine, and with our wines how available throughout Australia’s best restaurants premium hotels & iconic bars, it is immensely rewarding for us that so many people enjoy our wines!
We were thrilled that so many chose to join us to celebrate this important milestone! Thank you to each & every one of our 152 guests for helping us celebrate our 21st anniversary. You made our long lunch a very memorable & special occasion…the laughter, dancing & smiling faces will be indelibly printed in our memories…THANK YOU ❤️
As the first event we have run on the vineyard in 10 years, we have been thoroughly touched by the lovely feedback and thanks we have received about the day, as well as the many requests to make it an annual event If last Saturday is anything to go by, then we strongly suspect your requests may be met as there is nothing more heart-warming than to see our wines being enjoyed with delicious food and live music in our beautiful hideaway by such a delightful group of people!
Putting together a long lunch such as this was very much a team effort, and there are a number of people that we would like to thank:
Milnes of Mudgee: Successfully preparing lunch for 152 in a kitchen tent is no mean feat. A big round of applause and a huge thank you to the fabulous Jenni Milne and her wonderful kitchen and service team from Milnes of Mudgee! Delicious food, beautifully presented, professional & friendly service…what more could you ask for ?!?
The Hip Replacements: Dancing on the cellar door lawns to the toe-tapping, dance floor-filling tunes of Gen, Jon, Gavan & Christian from The Hip Replacements. They created the perfect vibe for our 21st anniversary celebrations!
Alison & Fiona: These 2 lovely ladies were instrumental in helping our long lunch run smoothly and looking after our guests…a big thank you to our delightful shepherdesses, Alison and Fiona!!
Jenna Kensey: Our fabulous photographer who so successfully captured the essence of our celebrations! All images copyright Jenna Kensey
Gavan & Jaimie: Our event set up and pack down team without whom those 11 tents, 34 tables and 152 chairs would not have been set up and taken down in time
Our family and friends who helped set the tables so beautifully, did the ice runs, polished the glasses and generally pitched in as needed
And finally, a big thank you to Amanda, our COO, daughter, sister & aunty, for so successfully planning & managing our 21st anniversary celebration – we couldn’t be prouder!😘
Until next time!
Richard, Janet, Amanda and Will