Vineyard is rejuvinated


Situated just a stones throw from the towering gums of the Goulburn River, Longleat Winery at Murchison has been transformed from a once rundown cellar door to a thriving business.

Owners Guido and Sandra Vazzoler have spent the last eight years working hard to improve the 16 hectare winery, tending to the shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot, Semillon, sauvignon blanc and chardonnay varieties, some of which are over 30 years old.

The couple produce intense and full bodied reds and crisp fresh whites and the installation of a processing plant has meant they can also process wine for other wineries.

The couple have for the last three years processed around 150 tonnes of grapes just from their own vines, which is pretty much the limit for this hardworking couple.

Their wine is exported to China and their vintages have even found their way on to the tables of many restaurants both in Victoria and NSW.

“When we purchased Longleat it was pretty rundown and there was an oversupply of wine on the market, we couldn’t have done it at a worse time,” Sandra laughed.

“The first weekend we opened the cellar door our only customer was a brown snake and I thought oh no what have we done, but we backed ourselves and with a lot of hard work, a strong marriage and a sense of humour, we are where we are today.”

The cellar door features great food and cheese made by Sandra. Sandra bases the menu on fresh ingredients, sourced from her own garden or locally.

Her foray into cheese making began after a visit to the Veneto region of Italy. She has established “Vazzoler Cheese,” a range which includes two year old cheddar, a white mould, a blue and fetta. The cheese is made from milk supplied Tatura Milk.

Value adding and creating as many income streams as possible has been one of the keys to the success of the business for this couple. They are heavily involved in their industry on a local and regional scale and are firm believers in getting in and having a go.

They are not content to sit by and wait for their next opportunity to pop up - they are continually on the lookout for what they can do to improve their business.

“In the future we won’t be sitting still. We will still be looking at developing our export market and we will never say no to any new market opportunities.”

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