Written by guest bloggers - The Vibe Tribe
All great things begin with love… that old adage is certainly true for the Membrey family. Starting with a love of a good red wine shared between them, brothers Peter and Colin and their wives, Kelly and Sharon, have turned their passion for a tasty drop to a fully-fledged successful business that serves up their own label of prestige red wines, plus an array of other beverages (if red isn’t your thing) delicious snacks and homemade woodfired pizzas.
Nestled on the outskirts of Barham, in the heart of Murray River Country, you’ll find their gorgeous picturesque small-batch boutique vineyard called Barham Vines. Sitting in a natural bush setting surrounded by tall river redgum trees, horse paddocks and sprawling vines is a converted shipping container that homes this unique and refreshing cellar door, which acts as the newest and coolest meeting spot in the region.
Out in the vineyards, where the first vines were planted in 2012, and now with just over two acres under vine, Barham Vines produces their signature range of Shiraz, Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon. Chatting with one half of the awesome foursome that created Barham Vines - Peter and Sharon explain that they now produce approximately 450 dozen bottles a season, which is nearly 5500 bottles! Not too shabby for a business that was meant to ‘just be a hobby’!
The grapes are handpicked each season, which allows the Membreys to be more selective when picking and sorting the quality fruit, is gentler on the grapes than machine harvesting and reduces litter with any leaves and debris collected along the way. Their handpicking harvest days have become a popular annual event where locals and friends and families come together to help out – rewarded with a tasty lunch and some wine for their time. The Harvest by Hand Day is a fun, friendly and social event that is open to the public, so be sure to get in touch with Barham Vines or keep an eye out on their website for details and dates for their 2022 picking days.