The current owners Frank & Milly Youl have recently sold the property including the 2 hectares of vineyard, and will be moving on early next year (2015) For the time being they are happy to say that they have a good supply of their ever popular range of wines in stock for our discerning customers. Recently they won a GOLD medal (Pinot Noir 2013) and a SILVER medal (Vintage Sparkling Blanc de Noir 2008) at the National Cool Climate Wine Show held in Bathurst, NSW. These awards cap off earlier success with a GOLD medal (Riesling 2013) at the 2014 Tasmanian Wine Show. The venture into viticulture in an area which is traditionally a wool growing region has proved the sceptics wrong, and Frank & Milly wish the new owners every success should they continue the Vineyard operation. At the moment, and for the short term we are still operating as Barton Vineyard with no change to the label. We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of you who have given your support over the years. Those friends who have helped with picking, as well as our small trusty team of year round workers. It has been a terrific journey and particular thanks to anyone out there who have enjoyed consuming the wine!
Barton is a 45 minute drive south of Launceston. You will find our wines at selected restaurants and outlets throughout the state.
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The first family to settle at Barton came from Yorkshire. They built a flour mill and a fine home, and set about working the land. Ownership changed several times in the late 19th and 20th century. We came here in 1985.
Frank is 6th generation Tasmanian and from a farming background. Also a passionate woolgrower, he was able to expand the Merino Sheep stud along with other mixed farming pursuits.
We also opened up a cottage for trout fishing enthusiasts and tourists alongside the Macquarie River. This was rather apt, as Frank’s forebear Sir James Youl was the man who introduced the trout to Australia.
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In 1999- 2000 we revisited the idea. Along with much encouragement from Milly’s late father (Malcolm McEacharn) we prepared a 2.5 hectare plot on the north facing slope adjacent to the Macquarie River. We sought advice from many in the industry. Some thought we were mad. The Midlands? Forget it. Being rather brave and not scaredy cats at all we plunged into it.
The vines were planted in September 2001. Pinot Noir and Riesling varieties are grown. A 2008 Sparkling Pinot (Blanc de Noir) is now available and is a delightful palate pleaser.
We are indebted to those who have helped us with our venture. The management of the vineyard is a labour of love (especially on cold winter days) and high standards are maintained. All achieved with support from co workers, friends and terrific winemakers.