The Moppity Story
“In 2002, we began our search for a vineyard from which to pursue our dreams, it was with the intention of making world class Shiraz.” Jason and Alecia Brown
Jason Brown was raised in his family’s ﬁne wine business. It was a time when Australian wine was known largely for producing big, bruising, “blockbuster” styles. By contrast, it was during this time, that JB developed a love for wines of elegance, brightness and ﬁnesse. A style of wine he dreamed of one day making.
By 2002, JB was looking to break away from the family business and follow his heart into wine making. He & wife Alecia, saw an opportunity to bring something new to the already rich landscape of Australian wine making. Therefore, they embarked on an Australia-wide journey to ﬁnd the perfect vineyard.
They had a checklist which most notably included; mature vines, a cool climate (or high elevation) and most importantly, uncharted waters. It was JB’s determination to redeﬁne perceptions of Australian wine that ultimately led them to Hilltops, Southern NSW in 2004.
The now named ‘Moppity Vineyard’ was already 30 years old when Jason & Alecia purchased it. However, it was another 11 years of trial and refinement before the true potential of the vineyard began to crystalize.
‘We referred to the vineyard as a sleeping giant. There was so much untapped potential when we purchased the vineyard in 2004. We have invested heavily in time and money, we are constantly listening to the vineyard and making improvements, and we still know the best is yet to come; that’s what makes the journey more exciting.’ Jason Brown
The Vineyard DNA;
The ‘Moppity-ness’ is the vineyard’s unique DNA. This is what separates Moppity wines from wines of other vineyards and regions. And therefore, what binds the Moppity wines, like members of a family.
It is especially relevant, that JB as winemaker, sees his job as expressing the terroir whilst making the winemaker imprint as transparent as possible.
After years of focussed viticulture, Moppity Vineyards has now found its voice. Most noteworthy is that the individual characters found in each block, are now being more clearly expressed in the finished wines.
Consequently, Moppity Vineyard has emerged from one of Australia’s smallest wine regions to claim some of the biggest prizes in Australian wine making.
In total, Moppity Vineyards has been awarded over 1,000 Trophies and Medals since 2009.