11 Things You Didn't Know About Joadja Estate
With its rolling hills, winding, country roads, and green paddocks full of chilled out cows and cute alpacas, Joadja is a pretty special part of the world and the Southern Highlands. It’s also home to Joadja Estate, a gorgeous, family-run winery and vineyard. We recently had a wander around the 21 acre property (15 acres are under vine) with owners Siobhan and Matt, and found out lots of very cool stuff about this fab, local business.
Joadja Estate is a family business
Siobhan Maloy and Matt Toomey run the winery and vineyard with help from Siobhan’s parents, after taking over the business in May 2016. Life is super busy for this tightknit family, especially with the arrival of baby Cooper last year.
“Matt is Head Winemaker, Dad has been doing the role of Vineyard Manager and he and Mum help out at the cellar door. I manage the events and marketing side of the business, also with a bit of help from Mum,” says Siobhan.
Joadja is the oldest winery in the Southern Highlands
The first vines were planted at Joadja Estate in 1983. Varieties in the vineyard include Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec.
The vineyard is planted at an elevation of 730 metres which means the grapes retain the freshness and flavour to make classic cool-climate wine.
It was originally a dairy farm
“We had a visit from a lovely gentleman who lives in Berrima. He told us he used to live here in 1955 when the property was a dairy farm owned by his parents,” says Siobhan.
The winery building has actually been built up and over the original dairy shed and you can still see the outline of where the stalls were on the floor in the winery.
They stock local produce
Matt and Siobhan like to support local business and stock Sutton Forest Olives’ range of olive oils and vinegars, jams and pickles from Moss Vale and Joadja Distillery’s whiskey and gin.
“These are businesses that aren’t open all the time, or sell their products at local markets so we like to support them and help them out,” Matt says.
Joadja hosts super cool music events
Held on long weekends, Music in the Vines is a popular event for locals and visitors to The Highlands. Guests listen to live music while relaxing on picnic blankets, drinking wine (of course!) and snacking on wood fired pizza. Yum! Keep an eye on The Fold's Event Directory for details of the next event!
They also introduced the super-chilled Saturday afternoon Summer Sessions in 2018 which continued during the warmer months of this year with great success.
“The feedback has been great. We love sharing Joadja Estate with locals and visitors, and our music events are a great way to do that,” says Siobhan.
They've also got a super interesting event coming up in November. Wine & Spirits -An Afternoon with Medium Michelle DeAngelis. Check out all the details here.
The wine bottle labels celebrate the Southern Highlands
The new labels on each of the bottles are linked to different towns of the Southern Highlands.
“One of the labels has a mining lamp for Joadja Town, another has tulips for Bowral and another has a picture of bagpipes on it to celebrate Bundanoon’s annual Brigadoon event, and so on,” says Siobhan.
“It’s a nice way to celebrate our region and connect with our local customers.”
They produce 15,000 bottles a year
“Harvest season is March to May every year. We have an experienced team of pickers that come in and help us,” says Matt.
“We aren’t running at full capacity yet. At the moment our output is 15,000 bottles annually, but we’ll be looking to build on that in the future.”
Kids are welcome
You normally don’t expect a winery to be kid-friendly but Joadja Estate is! They have a fun play area with a ropes course and tyre swing – so country!
“Kids are free to run around, and you can see the play area from the cellar door,” says Matt.
“Parents can keep an eye on them while they do a wine tasting!”
The Tasting Room and wood fired oven is available for private events
The Tasting Room is available for larger groups of up to 30 to come to Joadja Estate for a wine tasting. It’s also available for private events and they have a fabulous pizza oven which you can hire for your event too.
Matt built the feature wall in The Tasting Room
There is a gorgeous feature wall in The Tasting Room that Matt built from old, oak barrels. Not only does it look fabulous, it makes the room smell amazing!
Tastings are free
“Come along for a taste and you might find something quite different to what you’re used to,” Matt says.
“Our sauvignon blanc isn’t like the New Zealand style most people are used to. It’s a bit more grassy and not so fruity. And our chardonnay isn’t heavily oaked either so quite different to many other chardonnays.”
The Joadja Estate Cellar Door is open Monday, Thursday and Friday 12:00 – 5:00pm and on Saturday and Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm. Stop by and say hi!
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