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A Family Passion .....

Kimbarra Winery - Leeke Family

In 1953 when Eric and Dorothy Leeke purchased land to the North West of Ararat their intention was to build a family home, put down roots and create a semi-rural environment in which they could raise their three sons.

Already a successful entrepreneur, Eric’s business interests extended from house building to petroleum distribution and from wool farming to motels, however it was his ever growing passion for wine, Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling in particular, that prompted him to establish a small vineyard on the property. Under the watchful eye of Colin Preece, the then winemaker at Seppelt Winery and stickler for detail Eric set to work. It may well have been Eric’s land and his money, but Colin was the boss, he had the experience and the expertise and insisted that the job was done his way or not at all. His dictum has paid hansom dividends. Ever since Eric and “the boys” first planted Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon vines in 1977, his sons Jim, Peter and David have successfully striven to improve the quality of their fruit year on year.

The Leeke brothers have now been joined by Peter's daughter Victoria, who completed Bachelor of Science (Viticulture) & Bachelor of Business (Finance) in 2005 and has spent the last four years working in the wine industry across southern Australia.  Victoria shares the family's passion for wine and hopes to pass on a dynamic vineyard to the fourth generation.

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