Brave Goose Vineyard. Tallarook Ranges, Central Victoria
The Gaggle

The "Brave Goose" was the last of a gaggle bought to deter marauding cockatoos from young vines in 1988. She goose stepped resolutely along the rows surviving fox attacks and harsh winters, and her memory lives on!
John and Jo Stocker developed their interest in viticulture while living in Switzerland. On returning to Australia in 1987 with their daughters Lucy and Nina, they sought sunny slopes on the north of the Great Dividing range in the foothills of the Tallarook Ranges and began planting Cab Sauvignon and Shiraz, followed by Merlot, Malbec, Gamay, and finally Viognier. Their aim was to achieve a high quality, low-yielding vineyard in the weathered ironstone soils. Three decades on, the vines are consistently producing top quality wines, and this boutique operation is now run by their winemaker daughter Nina and son-in-law John Day.

Nina and John returned to the Brave Goose Vineyard in 2011 following years travelling and working in wineries and vineyards in Italy, France, Portugal and New Zealand. Nina was the winemaker for successful brand Catalina Sounds in Marlborough for 3 years, winning the Air New Zealand Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc in 2009. John Day was vineyard manager for Catalina Sounds, where he grew award winning Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc for the brand. Together they bring their experience in growing and making premium wines, and their passion for sustainable agriculture, to this little piece of heaven on the Goulburn River in the Tallarook Ranges.