The Winery and Vineyard
We established our boutique winery, vineyard and cellar door at Kingsdale, situated only a 5 minutes drive from the historic city of Goulburn and we enjoy magnificent views over Lake Sooley, the main Goulburn water supply. Kingsdale Wines is located about a 2 hour drive south of Sydney and a 1 hour drive north of Canberra. The property is 680 m above sea level and enjoys a fresh mountain climate with mild summers and cool winters. We provide cellar door tastings, winery inspections when staff is available, and lots of information about the wine making process.
Your Hosts – Howard and Elly Spark
We are a complete vineyard-to-bottle wine making operation, with all aspects of the wine making process being done on site. Howard is our viticulturalist and winemaker, while Elly is the gofer.
After many years working as an engineer on major civil and mining construction projects, Howard decided to follow his interests in wine making and went back to university during the 90s and obtained Diplomas in Viticulture and Oenology. He is passionate about a wholistic approach, seeing the wine making process through from grape to bottle. It has been an exciting journey from the first planting of baby vines in 2001 to being able to consistently produce award winning wines. We are very proud of this achievement for such a small winery.
Elly has retired from a long and happy career as a Meteorologist with the Bureau of Meteorology in Sydney, and still maintains a keen interest in the weather. Her pet hate is climate change denial. .
Although not an established wine area the Goulburn region is idealy suited to the growing of cool climate wine grapes. We were looking for a cool climate area with limestone soils, as we believe this combination is the best for producing the style of wines we like, and this is what we found only 7 kilometers from the centre of the Goulburn on the Crookwell Road.
Located between the Canberra and the Southern Highland Geographical Indicator regions, our climate more closely resembles that of Canberra, as we are less humid than the Southern Highlands.
There are a number of small wineries and grape growers in the district. Although currently there are too few to apply to become an officially recognised wine GI region, we have combined to form the Merino Country Vignerons Association. Visit their website to discover other wineries in the Goulburn region.
Please come and visit us when you pass through Goulburn. We are open every weekend from 10am to 5pm, and also on most weekdays. However, please phone us first during the week, so we can be sure to be there for you. Phone: 02 4822 4880 or Mob Elly: 0408 772 751 or Mob Howard: 0428 412 021.
Howard and Elly Spark