COU­PLE'S HAWAII TRIP LEADS TO CHILDERS

New-look Childers win­ery is now open for busi­ness

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By JIM ALOUAT

A LIFE-CHANG­ING trip to Hawaii for a West­ern Aus­tralian cou­ple saw them quit their desk jobs and move to Childers to open a win­ery.

Josh Phillips and Zoe Young, both 26, trav­elled to Hawaii last year and fell in love with the trop­i­cal life­style Hawaii had to of­fer.

Bored with their re­spec­tive of­fice jobs, the cou­ple de­cided to throw cau­tion to the wind and chase their dreams.

“When we got back we looked around at dif­fer­ent prop­er­ties and even con­sid­ered grow­ing cof­fee,” Mr Phillips said.

“Then we saw Isis Win­ery for sale on­line and it ticked all the boxes.”

A whirl­wind trip on a warm week­end in Septem­ber con­vinced the cou­ple Childers was their fu­ture home.

“The agent said it was avail­able on Thurs­day, we flew over on Fri­day, drove up from Bris­bane and stayed at a pub,” Ms Young said.

“On Sun­day we were here for two hours and on Mon­day we put in an of­fer.

“It was ex­cit­ing – we could see the po­ten­tial.”

The cou­ple moved to Childers at the be­gin­ning of the year to start restor­ing the prop­erty and worked hard to have it ready for the grand open­ing on Easter Satur­day.

“We had about 40 peo­ple show up, which was great be­cause we didn’t do a great deal of ad­ver­tis­ing,” Ms Young said.

“We changed the name to Ohana Win­ery and Ex­otic Fruits – Ohana means fam­ily and friends in Hawai­ian.

“The name rep­re­sents us well be­cause we’ve had a lot of fam­ily sup­port both phys­i­cally and fi­nan­cially.”

Mr Phillips said although his fam­ily was in­volved in the wine in­dus­try back in West­ern Australia, it had been a chal­leng­ing few months.

“We had a lack of knowl­edge on agri­cul­ture and farm­ing, which has been dif­fi­cult,” he said.

“We started by mow­ing ev­ery­thing, paving the ar­eas, putting shade up and prun­ing the trees.

“The com­mu­nity has been very sup­port­ive and helped us out.”

The cou­ple's short-term goal is to fo­cus on the unique wines and trop­i­cal liqueurs the land pro­vides.

“All our 20 ports are

Zoe Young

We changed the name to Ohana Win­ery and Ex­otic Fruits – Ohana means fam­ily and friends in Hawai­ian

made of jabot­i­caba, which is a Brazil­ian tree grape, and we have 400 trees grow­ing here,” Ms Young said.

“We also make jack­fruit, aniseed and macadamia liqueurs.

“If I can't make it into a liqueur, I turn it into a jam.”

Long-term, the cou­ple want to cap­i­talise on the 50 fruit trees grow­ing on their prop­erty.

“We want fam­i­lies to sit around and have a fruit plat­ter of th­ese ex­otic fruits they’ll have never tried,” Mr Phillips said.

“One thing we are very keen on is to work with other busi­nesses.

“We want to at­tract peo­ple here not just for the wine but for the ex­otic fruits.”

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.ohanaw­in­ery.com.au/.

PHOTO: JIM ALOUAT

NEW VEN­TURE: Ohana Win­ery own­ers Josh Phillips and Zoe Young. The cou­ple's short-term goal is to fo­cus on the unique wines and trop­i­cal liqueurs.

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