The inspiration for building a vineyard on this site all
began when visiting Catherine's family home at
Upper Maffra West.
Catherine's father Keith Thomas Hanratty, a dairy
farmer of some 42 years on the property, wanted an
idea for utilising the infertile ground that he could not irrigate.
The "hill", as it was commonly known, had an ideal north
facing slope, so the possibility of growing grapes was
a topic always of much discussion.