Our founder and local legend. Jim, along with his wife Sue and two sons, Sam and David, began farming the Avondale property over 30 years ago. A Secondary School Maths teacher for 35 years, it was Jim's retirement plan and dream to introduce the property to vines and wine, and so Black Wallaby Wines was born! Jim has always been a passionate farmer and community member. Even in his retirement, Jim continues to work on the farm almost daily and is a vital part in the success of our farm and business. What a legend !!
Youngest son to Jim and Sue, David formed a love and passion for Viticulture and Wine Making from his Father and the surroundings he was raised in. It was from here that David decided to pursue a career in the profession and obtained a degree in Wine Science from CSU in Wagga. He has had a very successful career, both internationally and on Australian soil within the wine industry, building his knowledge and skills from a variety of different experiences. With his passion and drive to succeed, along with his relaxed and fun nature, David has all the best qualities to produce wine of exceptional standard.
Wife to David, Jayne developed a love and appreciation of wine and passion for farming through her husband and upbringing. Raised on a farm in NSW, farming was something that came quite naturally to her as an adult. A teacher by trade, Jayne also works in the vineyard and enjoys being involved with the wine making process, as well as taking care of the sales and marketing side of the business. Jayne has obtained her Advanced Certificate from the WSET through the West London Wine School. Jayne & David also have two beautiful young daughters who love to work in the vines and get involved in all aspects of farm life.
In 1997, the Lawson family established their first block of Shiraz vines in the deep, sandy clay loam soils, at their Avondale property, along the banks of the Loddon River in Victoria Australia.
With a vision to produce exceptional fruit from this vineyard, a further two blocks of Shiraz vines were planted in 2003 and 2004. The family work hard all year round, making sure each and every vine is given individual attention, ensuring great care and attention to detail is taken from vine to bottle.
Having been hit with every possible challenge Mother Nature could throw at them over the years, the Lawson family has weathered the storms and proven that with great determination, courage and persistence dreams can be turned into reality.
Now in its next chapter, Black Wallaby Wines has been passed down from its founding generation to the next. With this generational shift comes a fresh new look and exciting new challenges for the Lawson family to embark upon.
We hope you love our wine as much as we love producing it for you!