Heritage Estate Timeline

Learn more about how our winery got its start, and how it has grown.

Late 1980s

Bryce and Paddy Kassulke purchased the land and an old apple store at Cottonvale in the late 1980s.

1987

Bryce and Paddy Start planting the vineyard at Cottonvale. Cottonvale is high (960m) and cool therefore largely white varieties are planted.

Easter 1992

The winery officially opens.

2004

Seeing the opportunity to spread the word about Granite Belt Wines to Gold Coast Tourists, we open a very successful cellar door on Tamborine Mountain.

1995

John Handy, Heritage’s award winning winemaker takes over. John has continued making beautiful wines to this day.

2008

Heritage Estate Reserve Chardonnay wins Winestate Magazine’s award for the best wine in Australia and New Zealand beating 10,000 wines.

2012

Purchased “Winewood” vineyard Ballandean and the long process of bringing it back to productive life begins. This vineyard includes the fabulous 60 yo shiraz vines.

2013

With the Highway shifted away from the Winery cellar door the Old Church at Thulimbah is lovingly restored and turned into an accessible cellar door and cafe.

2017

Heritage Estate Wines’ 2016 Reserve Chardonnay takes out Queensland Mainstream Varietal and Wine of Show

2019

Deciding to take things a little easier, Bryce and Paddy hand the reins to Therese and Robert Fenwick on the 4th of March, 2019

Why the Photo at the Top

In 1859, when Queen Victoria declared Queensland to be a state, the men who formed the government or the Executive Council sat around the table which is housed in the Heritage Estate cellar door at Cottonvale. That table is shown here surrounded by a later Executive Council in 1914.