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Thomas Family History

The Thomas family go back to 1860 in the New England District with great grandfather John Henry Thomas brewing the first beer in approximately 1870 and calling it “New England Pale Ale”. The old brewery can still be seen in Brewery Street, Inverell.

The next generation brothers, Fred and Ernest, won prizes at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in 1910 with cordials and ice creams under the name “F & E Thomas’, a name that stayed in the district until purchases by Coca Cola in approximately 1980.

The establishment of the 100 acre vineyard came after much research into approximately 23 vineyards in the area in the early 1900’s. We produce Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes – planted over a three year period from 1996. Our temperature ranges from minus six to forty degrees and we are almost frost free on a high area of our 3000 acre farming property.

The future of the family tradition is in good hands with Ross and wife Rae handing the reins to daughter Leigh and granddaughter Anita.

For further information please contact Sales & Marketing Manager Anita Johnson, click here for contact info...

‘There is no other region which has come on stream with so much to offer as New England. Variations in altitude, aspect, degree of slope, and soil type give vignerons a wide choice of variety and wine style’.

Chairman of judges 2007 New England Wine Show – James Halliday