Our beginnings came from seeing opportunity, rising up from the ashes after the devastating 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires, when our owners and founders Paul and Kathy Drogemuller took over a burnt out former dairy farm high on an ancient plateau at Paracombe in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia.
Those early day were rustic and bold. Paul and Kathy were a young couple with no background or experience in grape growing or wine making, yet they planted their first vines and made wine in a tin shed with a homemade basket press, secondhand milk tanks and crusher.
When they launched Paracombe Wines in 1992 around the homestead gardens, Kathy was eight months pregnant with their second child, Sarah. And so started the incredible journey of raising not just a young family but a vineyard and wine business.