Native Point Wines acquires a share in Moores Hill
My husband Julian and I, along with my dad, Lance, purchased Moores Hill Estate in 2008. The 5 hectare vineyard was planted in 1997 and the cellar door opened in 2005. I wrote about why we chose a vineyard in Tasmania in a earlier post.
While Julian had worked as a winemaker for several years, my dad and I were new to the wine industry. Julian and I had never run a business before, fortunately Lance was an experienced small business owner.
Together we managed to successfully grow the business; focussing on improving wine quality; selling them more widely and creating a friendly cellar door experience. We had some good luck and some tough times but on the whole, things went pretty well.
Now, after 8 years, Lance is retiring from the business, his share has been purchased by the owners of Native Point Wines, Tim and Sheena High.
Native Point is a 5 hectare vineyard at Swan Bay on the eastern bank of the Tamar River which they planted in 1999.
After many years of international corporate roles in North America, Europe and New Zealand, Tim has recently returned to the Tamar Valley to concentrate on the family business.
Sheena, a qualified viticulturist set up and has managed the Native Point vineyard since establishment. She says there is potential to plant more vines to take advantage of the unique microclimate at the site.
The benefits of partnership
In future, our businesses will share resources in vineyard management, fruit, winemaking, bottling, sales and marketing.
The first joint project is the construction of a winery on-site at Moores Hill Estate and bottling line at Native Point.
The partnership brings together the experience and resources of both businesses and is a unique opportunity for us to accelerate the growth of our vibrant wine business. Between us, we have experience in viticulture, winemaking, business management and marketing. Combining our resources enables us to increase efficiency; and realise our long held plans of running our own winery.
Julian will produce both brands and is looking forward to making wine on-site, allowing control and quality to be the focus from vineyard to bottle. Moores Hill will also have access to more fruit, enabling us to increase production.
The onsite winery will enable Moores Hill Estate to expand its tourism offering beyond wine tasting in the cellar door. We will be able to provide the story behind the wines with a vineyard walk and winery tour experience which is very exciting.
Of course we look forward to sharing the key outcome of the partnership with our customers: delicious, high quality wines!