Fighting Gully Road

Viticulturist Of The Year 2023 - Halliday Wine Companion

5 Star Winery - Halliday Wine Companion

"Mark Walpole (who began his viticultural career with Brown Brothers in the late 1980s) and partner Carolyn De Poi found their elevated north-facing site to the south of Beechworth in 1995. They commenced planting the Aquila Audax Vineyard in 1997 with cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir, subsequently expanding with significant areas of sangiovese, tempranillo, shiraz, petit manseng and chardonnay. In 2009 they were fortunate to lease the oldest vineyard in the region, planted by the Smith family in 1978 to chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon - in fact Mark shares the Smith Family vineyard lease with long-term friend Adrian Rodda. Says Mark,'We are now making wine in a building in the old and historic Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum - a place that should be full of winemakers!'" - James Halliday