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After a decade of growing nothing
but gum trees on their picturesque
Wamboin property, the Davies family
took a risk to pursue their dream of
owning a winery.
Avid wine lovers, Peter and Chris
Davies, had spent the majority of their
married life moving town every couple
of years due to Peter's army career, when
they decided to settle down and build a
house in rural Wamboin.
As a qualified horticulturalist, Peter
had always wanted to be a farmer and in
1999, almost 10 years after purchasing the
property, he planted the first grape vine.
"But then of course there was the issue
of now we've got the vineyard, what are
we going to do with the grapes," he said.
Consequently, 18 months ago one of
the region's youngest wineries, Shepherds
Run, was born.
"It's absolutely fabulous to be able to
take a product from growing the grapes
through to marketing and selling the
wine," he said.
"It's so fulfilling because you've got
control at every point and if people like it
you can say, well we did that."
Chris and Peter's daughter Elke left
a career in the public service to join
Shepherds Run as the winemaker and
hasn't looked back since.
"It was a risk but if you don't take risks
you don't succeed," she said.
"I'm now doing the double degree
in wine science and viticulture
through Charles Sturt University
in Wagga Wagga."
Not only is Elke juggling her chosen
career with part time study, but she
recently took over as chef of the Shepherds
"I've been brought up cooking since
I could see above the bench and I'd had
some hospitality experience as well."
Elke said she enjoyed doubling as
the chef, which enabled her to be "a bit
According to Peter, the combination of
the restaurant and the winery has made
Shepherds Run "a central meeting point
for the Wamboin community".
"Because Wamboin doesn't have a
shop and it doesn't have a school, it hasn't
got much of a centre -- it's more of a
geographical area," he said.
A shared love of wine landed the Davies family in business together, which is consequently
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PICTURESQUE: The Davies enjoy a glass of wine at Shepherds Run.
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