It was the height of a dry dusty summer when Natala and Greg Flynn bought a bare paddock at Ladys Pass. Their parents thought they were crazy, but they were set on starting their own winery. They planted out their vines by hand in 1999, and produced their first vintage in 2002.
Both are involved in the winemaking, but these days Greg commands the grapes, while Natala leads the kitchen. The bistro serves grazing platters (including olives from Cyprian-Australian neighbour John Christopoulos) and comfort food, using produce from the on-site vegie patch and local growers. Diners can take a seat indoors, or recline in the leafy courtyard when the weather is nice.
Flynn’s Wines grows four clones of shiraz, which are processed individually and blended into various styles. The staff hand-picks and prunes the grapes, aiming for low yields and small berries to deliver a higher intensity of flavour. The vineyard also makes three white wines, and buys in small batches of more obscure varietals from other growers, the results of which are made available through its wine club.
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