Ghost Rock's story couldn't possibly be more humble.
In 1999, Founder's Cate and Colin Arnold purchased a tiny vineyard parcel on a descrete slope in Northdown, a slight spec in Tasmania's then unkown Cradle Coast wine region. There were no formal skills at hand. No training. Just a passion for the land around them, and a deep family history for farming and 'growing good things' in the rich, fertile soils that surround.
Over the next 20 years the Arnold family almost single-handedly created the Cradle Coast wine region. Every vineyard hand-built, hand-planted to the exact specifications - no compromise, no concession. Every tree. Every fence. Every driveway. All built from nothing. What you see here today has literally been built from the ground up. It was all done the hard way, but the right way.
The Estate now spans 27 hectares of high density, hand-tended vineyards, mostly comprised of Pinot Noir ( 777, D4V2, MV6, 115, Abel, D5V12 et al), with significant plantings of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris in behind. Riesling, Pinot Meunier and Sauvignon Blanc are also planted.
Under the stewardship of second-generation Winemaker Justin Arnold, and his wife Alicia Peardon, Ghost Rock’s portfolio is driven by wines of depth, sophistication and intensity. Their state-of-the-art winery was completed onsite in 2015.
But inspite of all that's come, those humble beginnings are never far from mind.
Farming the coastal lands of Tasmania can be brutal at times and the Central North Coast is no different. It takes time, dedication, and generations of knowledge to get the best out of this kind of world. If it weren't for the fertile loam-on-clay soils we find in our 7 Northdown vineyards, we probably would have given up on viticulture years ago.
But we didn't. And we're glad our forefathers didn't either. If great produce were easily grown, it would be grown everywhere.