September 23, 2014
On Sunday evening, October 5, Clovely Estate owner Dr Susan Mercer will be throwing open historic Barambah Station for the first-ever South Burnett Winemaker’s Dinner.
The dinner will be celebrate Clovely Estate being nominated as one of Queensland’s five star wineries by leading Australian wine expert James Halliday.
There are only nine five-star wineries in Queensland, and Clovely is the first in the South Burnett to achieve this grading.
The Winemaker’s Dinner will be held inside Barambah Station’s historic Feed Shed from 5:00pm until late into the night.
It will be hosted by Clovely’s winemakers Sarah Boyce and Stefano Radici, and feature several Clovely wines that James Halliday nominated as being particularly outstanding in the most recent edition of his Australian Wine Companion.
All of the wines will be matched to a five course degustation dinner specially prepared by Clovely’s team of expert chefs, who usually prepare similar dinners at the company’s Red Hill cellar door for Brisbane clients.
Tickets to the dinner are $90 per head, and they can be booked online through Clovely’s website.
Guests who’d like to stay overnight can also find plenty of accommodation near Barambah Station.
A Quick History Of Barambah Station
Barambah Station was established in 1843 and was one of the first stations built in the South Burnett (after the Taromeo, Nanango and Tarong Stations, which were founded a year earlier).
The Station originally raised sheep and cattle – it raises cattle today – and it still has outbuildings dating from the 1860s and 1880s on its grounds.
The original Station’s homestead was demolished at the turn on last century, and the current Homestead was built in 1906 to a Bundaberg architect’s design.
The homestead was extensively renovated in 1967 by the Moore family, who owned the property for almost 100 years.
In the early 2000s, however, the Station passed into the hands of Barambah Wines’ owners Steve and Jane Wilson.
They undertook a detailed and comprehensive restoration of the property, outbuildings and grounds to restore them – as near as possible – to their original condition, then sold the property to Dr Susan Mercer in the November 2011.
Barambah Station is now listed in the Queensland Heritage Register.
The Heritage Register says the property “stands as testimony to the development of Barambah as one of the earliest principal pastoral holdings in the Burnett district” and “reflects the growth of the Queensland rural economy during the early 20th century.”