Ghost Rock Vineyard


The Ghost Rock label was launched by Cate and Colin Arnold in 2001, and quickly established itself as a multi-award winning vineyard. The wines are produced in small quantities from grapes grown on 16 hectares of vines. The original vineyard established in 1989 was one of the first to be planted in this coastal region of northern Tasmania. The region’s fertile soil teamed with a southern coastal climate creates the perfect environment for cool climate wines that boast unique varietal character. New plantings continue to expand the Ghost Rock range, with more vines going in during 2015.

Location Description

Located just west of the Summerhill Park turnoff on the Port Sorell Main Road, at Port Sorell.


Fax: 03 6428 4330


  • Multi-award winning vineyard.

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There was a steep pinch where horses slowed and cyclists were obliged to dismount and walk. The hill received its name last century because of events claimed to have occurred around a large rocky outcrop situated beside the road. Several versions of the name’s origin have appeared, perhaps each version being somewhat embellished. But the following is vouched for by elderly residents.

Mr Lou Wilson was approaching the area on horseback about 1895 on the way to Northdown Post Office to post a letter to his lady love. From behind the rock appeared some white-clad ‘ghosts’ which caused him and his mount sufficient fright for him to abandon the errand and swiftly return home to Larooma. From then on it became a popular local larrikin prank to bait other riders approaching the locality.”

The rock has since been obliterated and the gradient reduced by road realignment in the 1950’s.

The name encompasses a sense of fun and regionality, keeping alive local history and infusing a sense of personality. It is greeted with much interest by our customers.

The Team

Cate Arnold
Managing Director and Licensee

One part of the force behind the enterprise, Cate handles cellar door and vineyard administration, as well as helping out with wine tastings and hosting cellar door functions. She also works in the vineyard and expansive gardens surrounding the property. Cate would like to see the vineyard build on its brand, and continue to develop.

Colin Arnold
Managing Director and Vineyard Manager

The other part of the force behind the enterprise, Colin has joined Cate in their quest to develop the vineyard and surrounding gardens, and to continue to produce premium quality grapes. Colin manages the Clairdown, Oulton and Bonadale vineyards, and his dedicated attention to detail and strong work ethic has seen Ghost Rock grow from strength to strength and consolidate it’s niche in the marketplace.

The Ghost Rockers:

While Colin and Cate are undoubtedly the driving forces behind Ghost Rock, its continued success would not be possible without the fantastic efforts of all our Ghost Rockers (as they are affectionately known)!

In the cellar door we have Cass who welcomes our customers and visitors, and takes good care of our wholesale and wine club customers. She is supported by the brilliant Bec, the lovely Lou, the loyal Liana and the efficient Ella who all work hard, providing service with a smile. They are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the vineyard and our delicious wines and will do their best to accommodate your requirements where possible.

Outside in the Vines we have Angela, Frank, Michael and Izaak who work tirelessly, caring for our precious vines and maintaining the vineyard to the high standard customers (and Colin and Cate) have come to expect!

Next time you visit Ghost Rock be sure to say hello to our wonderful team – if they don’t say hi to you first!

Estate Vineyards / AVA

We are all relieved to finally have vintage 2015 safely in the winery. It has certainly been a challenging season and one that dragged into the first week of May – and that hasn’t ever happened before. The much cooler than normal conditions in March and April certainly slowed down our ripening, but we had no disease pressure and the fruit looked great when it came into the winery. It’s a credit to Colin and his small vineyard team, they’ve done a fantastic job looking after the vines and coaxing them through to harvest. Our new winery is performing beautifully and we are all looking forward to tasting the fruits of our labour. The wine making team Justin, Natalie, Izaak and Max have been pressing, de-stemming, fermenting, plunging and tasting their way through vintage, with the last of our fruit now in and settling in tank. The beautiful colours of autumn have now taken over the vineyard as the vines move towards shut down mode in readiness for pruning.

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1055 Port Sorell Rd
Northdown, Tasmania 7307

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