It was only back in 1997 that Richard and Florence Statham, and their first son Sam, planted the first 8 hectares of grape vines at their Canowindra property in the Cowra Wine Region of New South Wales. But the family's history with wine goes back many moons to the early 1900's in a vineyard in Beaujolais France owned by Florence's grandfather, Alberic Dulong de Rosnay after whom the farm is named. Florence migrated to Australia in the 1970's to marry Richard Statham. Richards father Clive was also a pioneer of organic agriculture and his enthusiasm for natural growing rubbed off onto Richard and then onto Richards own children.
Since 2001 the Statham family have been producing wines that deserve a place not only in a wine collection but in an art collection. Ranging from everyday varietals and styles to more thought provoking and intriguing palettes the colourful array of Rosnay wines have an old world longevity sealed with corks and a new world youth emblazoned with labels depicting scenes from outback Australia painted in water colour, pastels and oils painted by Florence from her picturesque studio on the bank of the Belubula River at Canowindra.
Today all of the Rosnay wines are made at either Windowrie Estate a state-of-the-art, certified organic facility, and other specialist wine makers but following a study trip to France where Sam learned traditional techniques, the Rosnay family established their first micro winery in 2014. This involves the processes of fermenting hand picked grapes using very primitive hands-on techniques such as small (half tonne), hand plunged, wild yeast, open vat ferments, basket pressing, gravity transfers and barrel maturation.
Their joyous vineyard is home to four generations of Rosnay's headed by Florence's 90 year old mother Dolly, and is a home away from home for WWOOFers, holiday makers who rent the guest cottage that is surrounded by vines, figs and olives, passionate wine lovers who take part in the back breaking yet spirit lifting work of harvest and crush. film lovers who come to Flickerfest and watch movies under the stars and Woolstock a special pre-harvest event at Rosnay where people are invited on the farm to play final ripening rock, blues and folk symphonies to the vines in perfect weather.