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