“I think this is the place closest to heaven,” says Brian Jackson, owner, with his wife Narelle, of Crooked River Wines at Gerringong, north of Shoalhaven Heads on the New South Wales south coast.
From the vineyard’s handsome visitor centre we look across to tree-covered hillsides and dairy farms, a pastoral landscape in many shades of green. The little Crooked River winds through the Jacksons’ 14-hectare vineyard, and eventually empties its mountain-clear water into the ocean at Geroa.
Brian was a businessman who wanted a change in lifestyle “but not too far from Sydney because we have 16 grandchildren living there”. He looked at many wine regions - the Hunter Valley, Mudgee, Orange, and Cowra - and then he found this property, which had been a dairy farm for more than a century. “We are close to beaches and a golf course, and only 20 minutes from the lovely rain forest in Budderoo National Park,” said Brian(Text Source: Winestate Magazine