Bruce grew up on his families chicken farm in Castle Hill, NSW. Annie spent her childhood in Wagga Wagga. Bruce studied at Wagga Wagga Agricultural College and during this period met his love, Annie. Annie and Bruce were married and moved to Griffith, NSW. It was here they had their three children; Andrew, Kristen and Mark.
Bruce worked for large wineries in the Griffith area, as well as purchasing a vineyard in Yenda which he and Annie ran together. Annie worked as a theatre nurse full time as well as being mum and spending many hours in their vineyard. In the late 80's, Annie and Bruce sold their farm and moved to Mildura, VIC.
Bruce has been making wine for over 40 years, before Ringer Reef his career focused on large scale commercial wine production in Griffith and Mildura. Annie was a well known and loved theatre nurse.
In 1996 Annie and Bruce purchased their farm which would become the 'Ringer Reef' vineyard. Bruce travelled from Mildura every weekend to maintain the property. In 2000 Bruce and Annette made the move from Mildura to Porepunkah. Initially Bruce worked at Gapsted wines and then with Sam Miranda Wines in Oxley before ‘retiring’ in 2008.
Annie continued to work in theatre, with Alpine Health and also at the Wangaratta Private Hospital.
A winery and cellar door sales was built in 2005. Initially Merlot was the only wine produced from grapes grown on the property. Gradually parcels of fruit were purchased; Chardonnay from neighbouring vineyards and Sangiovese and Sauvignon Blanc from the King Valley to build the Ringer Reef portfolio.
A strong following of Ringer Reef Sauvignon Blanc had developed, and with that, Annie & Bruce planted their own vines in 2006. An existing passion for the food matching Italian varietals led to the planting of Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and Montepulciano in 2006 and 2007. Further plantings were Petit Manseng in 2008 and Moscato Giallo in 2009. A trip to Italy in August 2011 provided some insight into growing and producing wines from these varieties resulting in further plantings of Nebbiolo on the highest part of the property.
With an established Chardonnay label, the variety was planted in 2010 on two specialised clones, for still and sparkling wine production. Pinot Noir for sparkling wine was also planted in 2010.