Burnbrae’s current owners, husband and wife duo Andy & Trine Gay, are motivated by the idea of carrying on the family legacy. That is to make wine to enjoy with friends at a long lunch outdoors, sipping and chatting the time away. Their idea has grown the charming vineyard, historical cellar door and boutique accommodation into what it is today.
The name ‘Burnbrae’ is derived from Celtic language and means “the field sloping down to a stream” which describes the picturesque location.
Burnbrae winery and vineyard is one of the oldest in Mudgee and has had several owners, the first being John Newman. He was the first of the Newman family to come to Australia and left the property to his son George. He then sold it to the Roth family when he left in 1914 to fight in WW1.
It was then Allan Ellis and his wife who took over the land before selling it to the Hodge family who on-sold it to the Turisse family. They planted grapes in 1968, establishing it as a vineyard and winery. Wine production began in 1974 in an open-air winery situated under the historic peppercorn trees which are still standing today. The Turisse’s made wine for personal use and sold table grapes and wine grapes to the Sydney markets and at the farm gate. They also sold wine grapes to Craigmoor (now known as Craigmoor Estate Wines). During this time, an old dance hall located at Sally’s Flat was transported down to Burnbrae and converted into the cellar door.
Tony & Jill Bryant bought Burnbrae in 2004, immediately seeing the potential both in the property and the vineyard. They teamed up with winemaker Frank Newman and began a wonderful partnership.
In 2014, Tony’s daughter, Trine, and her husband Andy, took over family business. Their combined years of experience in the wine industry and vast knowledge on how to run a business has meant that Burnbrae has thrived. Andy has the financial and agricultural brain and Trine has the day-to-day business, marketing and events covered. They have shaped Burnbrae into what you see today with their simple philosophy: enjoy great wine with good friends.
You will find Burnbrae along the Hill End Road, just after crossing McDonalds Creek, turning right into a driveway lined with Little Gem magnolias and begin your journey.