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The Ringer Reef Story...

Ringer Reef is a small family owned and operated vineyard, winery and cellar door, located in Porepunkah. The owners, Annie & Bruce Holm fell in love with the property when visiting the area in 1996. They purchased the land that year and in 1998 the first vines were planted. At that point Bruce had already 20 years’ experience in the wine industry, in winemaking, viticulture and winery management. With ideal climate, good soils, spectacular views and Bright’s charm drawing the crowds, Bruce was confident they could make Ringer Reef prosper.                           

 

Annette and Bruce Holm, Vignerons at Ringer Reef, Poreupnkah

Annie & Bruce took small steps over 20 years. The decision on the name came first. Gold was discovered in the late 1800’s by ring barkers (Ringers) and the resulting mine was called Ringer Reef. The initial vintage was in 2001 where the wines were made in the old dairy shed and in 2005 the cellar door and winery was built. Annie ran the cellar door and with her bubbly, affectionate and welcoming nature, locals and tourists became regular customers. As sales increased, Bruce continued to develop the vineyard and now there are 12 different varieties grown onsite.

After 15 years of running, trying to stay on top of it all, Annie & Bruce realised they needed help. Their son Mark and his wife Julie, both qualified winemakers, were easily convinced to join the business. In 2016 they moved from Mildura with their three young children. The responsibilities were quickly split, Annie & Bruce continue to run the vineyard and Mark & Julie took on the rest. However, they work as a team doing everything on site; planting vines, hand picking fruit, making the wine, bottling & labelling and running cellar door.

the Holm family of Ringer Reef vineyard, winery and cellar door, Porepunkah

Ringer Reef has a relaxed and welcoming cellar door and the family enjoy taking customers through the diverse range of wines. With a stunning view of Mt Buffalo and the Buckland valley it is also a tranquil spot to enjoy a glass of wine with a local, seasonal produce platter. Mark & Julie are also keen supporters of live music and regularly host independent artists from near and far.

The front gate is conveniently located on the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail, which makes and lovely cruise by bike from Bright. Mark & Julie will deliver all wine purchases to your accommodation at the end of the day. Annie & Bruce with Mark & Julie look forward to welcoming visitors to their little slice of heaven, and sharing their passion for what they do and for their region.