Over the years many people have migrated to other lands to start afresh. Some started their journey alone and others moved with their families. Some have left their mark on the world. Today, you will be reading about one such family which migrated to Australia and opened a store, survived an outbreak and made a name for itself in the wine business.
A Glimpse of the History
Baileys of Glenrowan is located in the foothills of Warby Ranges with Winton Wetlands to the west, North-East Victoria. Baileys of Glenrowan has a rich history which dates back to 1860s.
A man named Richard Bailey arrived in Australia with his family. Initially, the family established a store in the vicinity of a goldfield to provide supplies to miners.
The store business was short-lived as the goldfields dried up and the miners moved away. The Bailey family returned to farming to meet their daily needs and named their vineyard as ‘Bundarra’.
Richard with his son started planting vines in 1866 and produced their first vintage in 1870. They were delighted but their happiness was killed by the phylloxera outbreak in the 1890s.
It’s an insect which feeds on the roots and leaves of the vines. The outbreak destroyed the vineyards, leaving the winemakers devastated.
Many growers left their vineyards and never looked back. The Baileys were committed to their work and they replanted in 1904.
One of the largest family-owned wine company in Australia is Casella Family Brands. Casella’s acquired the Baileys of Glenrowan assets.
These assets include the winery, 144 hectares of vineyards, the cellar door and the Baileys of Glenrowan and Bundarra Farm brands.
John Casella, Managing Director of Casella Farm Brands mentioned in an interview that wines from Baileys of Glenrowan would be an excellent addition to their existing portfolio of premium wines.
They have retained all the employees who were working in the cellar doors, vineyards and winery.
Baileys of Glenrowan Wines
Baileys of Glenrowan wines are renowned for its exceptional reds and fortified wines, especially their 1904 block Shiraz. Other varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Frontignac as well as wines from Tokay and Muscat grape varieties.
Paul Dahlenburg has worked for 19 years for the brand as the winemaker. His 100-year-old technique of basket press is quite famous.
That was quite a history of the Baileys. They have enjoyed their share of success, owing to their red and fortified wines.
Although Casella’s acquired the brand it continues to operate the site and it also retained the employees. They started exporting wines in the year 2001 which proved quite fruitful for the brands associated with it.
It opened a gateway to the global marketplace. The wines are enjoyed by people in more than 50 countries.