Pas­sion for mak­ing wine

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BRI­ER­LEY Wines’ vint­ners Tony and Sue are happy to wel­come home their daugh­ter Alyce back from Paris.

Alyce had been liv­ing in France for the past five years and is back on board to act as the busi­ness devel­op­ment man­ager for the fam­ily busi­ness.

“It’s an ex­cit­ing time here at Bri­er­ley Wines,” Alyce said,

She is us­ing her cre­ative and mar­ket­ing skills to re­design the wine la­bels, pro­mote the win­ery through so­cial me­dia and ex­pand the prod­uct’s on­line dis­tri­bu­tion.

In ad­di­tion, the fam­ily have plans to re-brand a num­ber of the wines to ap­peal to health-con­scious con­sumers.

For al­most 20 years Tony has ded­i­cated him­self to liv­ing a healthy life­style through or­ganic farm­ing and teach­ing oth­ers about the ben­e­fits of tra­di­tional medicine.

His con­cern over the dan­gers of tox­ins in the foods and drink that he and his fam­ily con­sumed led him to even­tu­ally pur­sue his pas­sion in the form of wine-mak­ing.

The Bri­er­leys de­cided to go with the hy­brid grapes be­cause of the high lev­els of anti-ox­i­dants and phy­to­chem­i­cals present within the grapes, which have been sci­en­tif­i­cally proven to have can­cer-fight­ing agents, lower blood pres­sure and coun­ter­act the ef­fects of ethanol in the body’s sys­tem.

The vines look to be thriv­ing at the Bri­er­leys and Alyce as­sures that it’s due to the ex­cel­lent soil and Tony’s bio­dy­namic method of farm­ing.

Al­though not yet cer­ti­fied, the Bri­er­leys’ win­ery is al­most fully bio­dy­namic and most of their wines can claim to be com­pletely nat­u­ral and preser­va­tive-free.

This means the wine is good for you as well as de­li­cious.

“We still of­fer a se­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary style wines. We are now fo­cus­ing on be­com­ing nat­u­ral and preser­va­tive-free, as well as bio­dy­namic,” Alyce said.

With their Euro­pean an­ces­try, the Bri­er­leys have al­ways pre­ferred a glass of fine wine over beer or spir­its. When the fam­ily bought their prime piece of prop­erty off Roy Stew­art 25 years ago, Tony and Sue had grand plans to build an eco­log­i­cal haven.

They re­placed all the fences along the bound­aries, reared cat­tle and sold mossy bush rocks taken from the prop­erty and plants grown in the nurs­ery and green­house.

When they had saved enough money, Tony and Sue dug a dam and filled it with wa­ter. They sowed the soil and planted small crops for years un­til they could af­ford to ex­tend the power down Rain­bows Rd.

Then they got the idea to in­stall a vine­yard.

Ev­ery­one said they were crazy, say­ing: “What do you want to do a stupid thing like that for? It’s a waste of money! Grapes don’t grow well around th­ese parts.”

Tony has been per­fect­ing the craft of mak­ing wine for more than 20 years.

Their vi­sion and hard work held stead­fast and now there are four winer­ies in Childers.

It’s the be­gin­ning of a bona fide wine re­gion with end­less tourism pos­si­bil­i­ties for the Bund­aberg and Fraser Coast ar­eas.

“Along with all the winer­ies of the area, the whole com­mu­nity needs to sup­port this project to get Childers recog­nised as an of­fi­cial wine re­gion so that Childers can get put on the map,” Alyce said.

All Bri­er­ley Wines’ grapes are grown and pro­duced at the fam­ily vine­yard on their 150-hectare prop­erty.

The win­ery and restau­rant ex­hibit a large num­ber of art­works for sale by lo­cal artists, and host many an­tiques and odd­i­ties, in­clud­ing a suit of ar­mour.

The restau­rant is open by reser­va­tion only – the beau­ti­ful rus­tic dec­o­rated out­door ter­race over­looks the gar­den area.

Wine tast­ings are avail­able daily, but it’s rec­om­mended to call first to avoid dis­ap­point­ment.

“We do the ma­jor­ity of our wine sales at fes­ti­vals in the warm months,” Alyce said.

The cooler months are pop­u­lar for wed­dings and pri­vate func­tions.

“We also host spe­cial events such as Cook­ing in the Vine­yard and live mu­sic events such as Rhythm & Reds,” she said.

For in­for­ma­tion about Bri­er­ley Wines or for in­quiries and book­ings, con­tact Sue at Bri­er­ley Wines’ Face­book page, web­site, email or tele­phone.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

BACK FROM ABROAD: Alyce Bri­er­ley has come home af­ter five years liv­ing in Paris.

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