Vitis Vinifera, Latin and exotic sounding, or as we know it, the common grape vine. Tony and Debbie McKendry chose the name Vinifera in 1992 for their small vineyard in Mudgee, and what they have gone on to create is anything but common. Life has not been without challenges for the McKendry’s. The couple started out with small wine making dreams, which had to fit in with full time work in the medical field, raising four children and studying wine science on the side. When Tony was involved in a serious car accident and was hospitalised for many months, unable to continue working in a full-time capacity, the winery dreams were stepped up a notch, becoming something of a pleasant necessity. A compensation pay out was put to good use creating of a small, family friendly, and very pretty little winery and cellar door.
Beginning with more typical varietals of Chardonnay, Semillon and Cabernet Sauvignon, the McKendry’s were keen to branch out, and with the Mudgee wine region having similar climatic conditions to the Rioja region in Northern Spain (a long and generally dry growing season with cool nights and loads of sunshine), Tony and Debbie went on an inspired journey into the world of Spanish wine. Their vineyards now boast a host of ‘romantic-red wine’ varietals, including Tempranilla, Grenache, Graciano and Montastrell.
Vinifera wines are delicious, well packaged and interesting. The triple threat of the wine world!