Search for French-style terroir in Australia: 1990s

Following on from the success of Richard's aunt and uncle's winery established in the Yarra Valley in the 1970s, Richard and Janet began their search in the early 90's for a vineyard location that approximated the terroir of our French heritage.

After an extensive search, in 1997 they purchased 'Woodlawn', a sheep property in the hills above the town of Rylstone, in NSW. They discovered the ideal location, 40km from the next closest vineyard, with a terroir so powerfully aligned with their objectives that they decided to pioneer the new wine sub-region of Rylstone.

Pioneering sub-region of Rylstone: 1998-2001 (an area traditionally famous for ultra-fine merino wool)

Richard and Janet plant 55 hectares (100,000+) of vines on 'Woodlawn'.

Small batch wine production: 2003-2008

First vintage in 2003. We pursued small batch wine production (under Captain Starlight brand) to determine optimal viticultural & wine-making techniques. 95% of fruit sold to other wine producers.

We open a small cellar door in the town of Rylstone.

Develop terroir-driven wine style: 2009-2014

Terroir-driven cultivation & wine making are embedded. Wine production is expanded in line with our national & international wine show success.

Expand wine production: 2015-2016

Launch our French Heritage Series (De Beaurepaire Wines brand).

Introduce precision viticulture techniques. Rylstone is increasingly recognised as a pre-eminent viticultural destination.

We open our cellar door on the vineyard in the 1850s stallion stable.

Growing wine recognition: 2017- 2019

Awarded Australian Wine of the Year for 2018 by Winestate Magazine. A first for a NSW Wine.

Rapid expansion into Australia's best restaurants & premium hotels.

We progressively roll-out next generation soil & vine health approaches utilising regenerative and sustainable practices. New technology solutions developed.

Expand into new markets: 2020-

Our vineyard cellar door expands into the 1850s mare stable and focuses on more structured wine experiences

Awarded Best Small Cellar Door for 2022 by Gourmet Traveller Wine

Continue expansion into premium on-premise venues in Australia, and expand into new markets across South East Asia including Fiji, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand.

Vineyard re-shaping commences to align grape production to our multi-generational strategic winemaking plan