Why Are They So Fabulous?
Here’s one of the most exciting little wineries in the Canberra district, if not the country. Sarah Collingwood was named ‘Owner Operator of the Year’ at the 2017 Australian Women in Wine Awards, and together with her husband John they are continuing to expand their cellar door operation – which is a hugely popular spot among locals.
Their wood fired pizzas are the stuff of legend, while their grassy outdoor area means that all visitors, big and small, have plenty of room to sit out and relax among the vines.
Originally a miner and his wife lived on the property in a slab hut. Her name was Scheherazade, after the story telling character in The Arabian Nights. One of her favourite stories described a magic carpet being borne by the four winds of good fortune. She decided that this small farm would be called ‘Four Winds’ as it would carry their good fortune. (Similarly, Sarah and John hope that it will carry their good-fortunes!)
Four Winds understand that great wines are made in the vineyard, so a lot of their energy goes into growing the best grapes. Each year they hand-prune each of their 29,000 vines to ensure each plant has the best start to the season. To allow air and light into the canopy they leaf pluck and shoot-thin through the growing season. Come harvest time they handpick the grapes so that they arrive at the winery in the best condition. They love making wine, and want to ensure they are making the best wines possible for you.
Why Wines Should I Try?
They produce just a small range of six delicious, cool climate wines – including Sangiovese, Shiraz, Riesling, a Rosé (made from shiraz), a fortified Shiraz and a Cabernet Merlot blend.