Moorilla Estate buys Domaine A
In keeping with my ethos of winemaking and business, this decision had very little to do with money. —Peter AlthausMoorilla Estate has bought fellow southern Tasmanian winery, Domaine A. Owners Peter and Ruth Althaus had had the Domaine A winery and Stoney Vineyard in the Coal River Valley on the market for some time, and it’s the first acquisition for Moorilla, whose owner David Walsh is the creator of the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) at the Moorilla property on the Derwent River.
“We recognise Domaine A/Stoney Vineyard as a cornerstone of quality Tasmanian winemaking and are delighted to now have it join our portfolio,” said Conor van der Reest, winemaker and general manager of Moorilla Estate Pty Ltd.
“Moorilla and Domaine A are both very much focused on making wines that truly show what Tasmania and our individual vineyards have to offer. We look forward to working with Peter and Ruth to make sure we protect the integrity of this brand that has such a loyal and well-deserved customer base.”
The announcement came with the disclosure that Mona is set to open a new 172-room hotel development on the Moorilla Berriedale site in 2022. The extra wine from Domaine A is expected to help satisfy the extra demand created by the expansion.
“We see the strength in the unity of these two significant Tasmanian brands,” van der Reest said. “We will, however, operate them as separate entities, ensuring Domaine A is made using the same great techniques Peter and Ruth have developed and implemented over the years.”
The purchase is effective from March 1 and includes the vineyards and winery. There will be no change to Domaine A’s existing employees.
Peter Althaus said:
“My retirement and the decision to sell the business was certainly not an easy one, but from many interested parties (both local and international) I am confident I have chosen the right organisation, winemaker and people to maintain my label’s integrities and qualities. In keeping with my ethos of winemaking and business, this decision had very little to do with money. It was, most importantly, about feeling assured that the legacy I have built will be in the hands of the appropriate custodians.”