Burnbrae Vineyards have had several owners during its life time however in 1968 Allan Ellis and his wife Joyce took over Burnbrae and farmed the land, selling to the Turisse family who planted grapes in 1971. Wine production began in 1976 in an open-air winery situated under the shady peppercorn trees.
The name Burnbrae means “the field sloping down to a stream” which describes the picturesque location.
The Turisse’s planted about 20 acres of Black Muscats. A few years later they planted Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. They originally made the wine for personal use and sold table grapes and wine grapes to the markets.
A fully functional winery started to be developed in the 90′s and has progressively been added to over the years. The winery can now produce over 180 Tonnes a year.
The original well developed and cared for grapes continue to flourish within the vineyard; with the addition over the years of Merlot , Chardonnay and Tannat grapes.