Heather Johansen

Grower of grapes and family matriarch


Heather grew up on a small dairy located on the outskirts of Tumbarumba. It was here where her passion for horses, agriculture and farming grew. Fast forward 20 years and Heather graduated from Canberra University and moved back to Tumbarumba to teach science at the local High School.

It was the Summer of '78 when there was a flutter in the staff room about a new teacher that had just moved from the North Coast, enter Robert Johansen. It wasn't long before the wedding bells chimed and a family started. Children Ria, Walter and Helle were born..... perhaps this is when their interest in wine began?!

Robert Johansen 

Driver of tractors and strainer of fences

Robert grew up in Murwillumba NSW, also from a dairy farm. He studied Geophysics at University of New England in Armidale, then moved to Bomaderry to teach Maths. His next move to was to Tumbarumba High School, where he fell for a brown hair, blue-eyed girl named Heather. 

After marrying, Robert moved to Heather's family farm, where together they ran beef cattle in addition to teaching. 

Robert's acclimatisation to Tumbarumba from the north coast is still in progress after 40 years.

Helle Southwell

Apprentice vigneron and Transponster

Helle inherited her mother's love for horses and her father's north coast blood! Growing up on the farm she learnt all about cattle, sheep and grapes. 

She studied at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, where she developed a keen interest in hockey.... conveniently meeting her now husband Tom.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Pharmacy, she moved to work in Batemans Bay with Tom, where she adjusted naturally to the warmer climate. Eight years later with Fynn the dog, two children - Jack and Charlie, and husband Tom, they left their house in Malua Bay and made the move back to Tumbarumba to start a new adventure in the worlds of agriculture, viticulture and wine.

Thomas Southwell

Destroyer of end posts and merchant of wine

Tom grew up  in the regions of Carabost, Griffith and Wagga Wagga.

Tom brings to the farm a wealth of retail management experience. Tom has recently left his position with Apple to take up grapes  (pun intended!) and is enjoying the change of pace.


When he isn't found loitering on the phone in the vineyard he is most likely down at the creek front retrieving his lures from trees.