Our Breaking Ground Range celebrates our focus on innovation and features pioneering and alternative wines and wine styles. I love single vineyard wines as they carry a sense of place. Our Barbera from the winery block encapsulates our identity and signature style. We planted this vineyard in 1998 - a first for the Hunter Valley. The cuttings came from a vineyard planted in Mudgee which were carefully ‘imported’ from Piedmonte, in an Italian grapegrowers suitcase. So it has an authentic Italian pedigree. Our first vintage was 2001 and after a few early challenges I now understand its Italian DNA. The wine stands out for its naturally high acidity and ripe, savoury fruit characters, unusual in Australian reds. It’s a perfect food wine.