About RomavillaThe region of Roma was first explored by Major Mitchell in 1846.
"I ascended an elevated north eastern extremity of Mount Abundance and from it beheld the finest country I had ever seen in a primeval state - ... spotted with wood, stretching as far as human vision or even the telescope could reach...".
Inspired by these words, grapes were first planted in the Roma district about 1857 at Mt Abundance Station, just west of Roma.
Romavilla Winery was established in 1863 by Samuel Bassett. Our first wine was sold in 1866 and we have not missed a vintage since that date.
The present winery was built in 1878 and is a fine example of those large timber and corrugated iron buildings of pioneer days. The high roof, supported by elegant king post trusses, helps alleviate the heat during summer.
Today Romavilla is owned by David and Joy Wall. Along with their son, Richard, as Vineyard Manager and Assistant winemaker, and who has gained international experience working in California USA, David and Joy have modernised the winery equipment to continue production of interesting and quality table wines as well as the luscious fortifieds and Sauternes style for which the Winery became so famous during the 1950s and 1960s. They have also extended the vineyard by planting varieties such as Viognier, Ruby Cabernet, Merlot, Zinfandel and Garganega.
Romavilla's vineyards are on the northern edge of Roma on the flood plain of the Bungil Creek which runs down from the hills around Injune to the north. Bungil Creek and the Maranoa River have their sources in the rugged country just to the north of Roma and are headwaters of the Murray/Darling Rivers system which stretches thousands of kilometres to South Australia. The summers are hot and the winters cold as in most inland areas of Australia.
Romavilla's vineyards are unirrigated and yields are low giving our wines great concentration of flavours. Generally fungus diseases are not as big a problem as in areas closer to the coast. This allows us to minimise the use of fungicides.
The soil is sandy loam and grape varieties now grown include Riesling, Viognier, Chenin Blanc, Crouchen, Garganega, Shiraz, Merlot, Ruby Cabernet and Muscats.
Typically vintage starts about the 20th January, about one week ahead of the Hunter River Valley region, New South Wales.