Winemaking & Vineyards

Meet Our Winemaker - Liam McElhinney

Chief Winemaker

Liam is the Marlborough-born genius behind some of the world’s most iconic Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines. His career began in New Zealand where he worked for a number of esteemed wineries such as The Ned, Saint Clair, Te Pa and Trinity. He has won numerous awards, including the 2023 winner of the prestigious Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy for Best Young Red Wine and a Best in Show Trophy at the Decanter World Wine Awards. Liam is a cool climate winemaking expert with previous experience in wineries across some of New Zealand’s most premium wine regions, as well as working in France, Canada and the United States.

Our Vineyards

Having lived on this land for almost 200 years, let’s just say we know a little bit about this place! With its beautiful cool climate, Tasmania is one of the greatest wine growing regions in the world. We understand the soil, the climate and nature. We listen to the land and give back to it.

OurGala Vineyardof 11 ha in Cranbrook has been an important part of sustainability on the farm. We have selected the absolute best vineyard site on our 4000 hectare property on steep, rocky ironstone with north-facing hills. Planted in 2009 ,with first Vintage in 2011, this is our Grand Cru. Home to our Single Vineyard range and the Iconic Constable Amos range.

OurCressy Vineyardof 17 ha located just south of Swansea boasts coastal influences and spectacular Freycinet Peninsula views. 2023 produced our first pick but this vintage 2024 dawned the arrival of a new variety to the Gala portfolio Pinot Meunier.

Our viticulturalist Marty Smith keeps an eye on vine health and the vineyard team meticulously tend to every tendril with a little help from our woolly 4 legged friends: all 10,000 of them.

We strive to grow the finest fruit in Tasmania and then pick it on the very day the vines tell us to! then we let Liam work his magic !