John and Patricia Kennedy have farmed in the Corop area since 1981, initially growing tomatoes and grain. Patricia started her working life as a Home Economics teacher, and their interest in wine developed through teaching about food and wine.
“We watched as the Heathcote wine region gained recognition as an area for producing quality shiraz,” says John. “We decided that we wanted to expand into wine production. When an opportunity to buy a block of land in the Mt Camel Range arose, we were delighted to become landowners on this strip.
“Having neither time nor experience to do our own winemaking, we employ the services of Sandro Mosele, a noted winemaker from the Mornington Peninsula, to make our wine. His philosophy centres on producing wine which reflects the terroir of the vineyard.
“Our biggest challenge was coming to terms with all the activities that go into getting your wine into a bottle. Packaging involved so many decisions. The most enjoyable part of being a grape grower is seeing wine, produced from grapes you have grown, being appreciated by the public.
“Our advice to anyone thinking about getting into wine production is to go for it. There’s a lot of hard work involved, but it’s a very satisfying farming activity.”