Dja Dja Wurrung - the traditional custodians of this land
We acknowledge the Dja Dja Wurrung as the traditional custodians of this land and pay respect to their Elders, past and present. The Dja Dja Wurrung are a native Aboriginal tribe who occupied the watersheds of the Loddon and Avoca rivers in the Bendigo region of central Victoria, Australia. They were part of the Kulin alliance of tribes.
Past and Present
Winemaking begins in the region
Winemaking commenced in 1868 when James Frazer Watkin established a vineyard on his property ``Belmont`` just outside of Beaufort. Several wine growers produced and sold wine in the region in the late 1800s and early part of the twentieth century.
Formerly part of a much larger sheep property, the Peerick vineyard was established in 1990 by Chris and Meryl Jessup.
The Jessups commence winemaking and selling wine into the trade.
Commercial winemaking ceases at Peerick.
In July 2018 Michael & Felicity O’Hara purchase the 420-acre property, known as the Peerick Vineyard. Their plan is to live on the property, re-build the vineyard, make wine, rehabilitate the surrounding land and operate a cellar door, eco-tourism cabins and small meat goat enterprise.