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No conversation regarding Tumbarumba and wine is complete without mentioning Cathy Gairn. Cathy‘s love affair with Tumbarumba began back in 1983, culminating in the purchase of her and husband Brian’s first piece of land in 1985 and subsequent vineyard establishment in 1993.
Not only is Cathy a champion of her own multi award winning Brand – Courabyra Wines that she runs in collaboration with her brother Stephen, she is a very loud and proud voice for the entire region. Cathy was instrumental in the inception of “Tumbafest” an annual event that attracts many locals and visitors from far and wide with headline International acts, great wine and many interesting market stalls. She is also a long standing member of the Tumbarumba Vignerons Association and very active in the annual Chardonnay Benchmark Tasting.
Her proven skills and encyclopaedic knowledge of cool climate viticulture play a very critical role in the continuing development of our Hesperia Vineyard. Our wines such as 2010 Collection Tumbaruma Chardonnay and 2013 Collection Tumbarumba Pinot Noir come from this vineyard.
We are very fortunate to be able to work with Cathy in Tumbarumba and feel that our wine quality from the region will continue to climb under her careful eye.