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Objects in focus: Wine Press and Wine Barrel

In 1979 Rob Gilmour was the first person to grow wine grapes commercially in the district. By 1983 Christopher and Catherine Bourke had commenced operations at Sons & Brothers Vineyard in Millthorpe. On show in Paddock to Plate: a history of food and wine in Orange and district is the wine press used by Christopher Bourke to process the first grapes grown at their property.

As well as the press the first wine barrel used by Stephen and Rhonda Doyle at Bloodwood Wines in the 1980s will also be on show. These items, accompanied by modern and historic photographs will help to tell the wine story of the Orange district.


  1. Wine Press, loan courtesy of Christopher and Catherine Bourke, Sons & Brothers Vineyard
  2. Photograph of Christopher Bourke using wine press, c.1980s, image courtesy of Christopher and Catherine Bourke, Sons & Brothers Vineyard
  3. Wine barrel, loan courtesy of Bloodwood Wines
by Jessica Dowdell In News & Events, Recent News on

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