Mountain People

Distribution Australia Wide

Mountain people is a personal project from Jed Merchants. We wanted to contribute to the local NSW wine-making scene, to push the boundaries, or at least lean on them. All fruit is sourced from Mount Canobolas in the region of Orange, an extinct volcano with volcanic soils and upper reaches covered in bush.  Just 250 km west of Sydney with a peak at 1390m, it is home to Australia’s highest vineyards.

We see great potential in this part of the world, particularly at higher elevations. Fruit is sourced from high altitude vineyards owned and run by Justin and Pip Jarrett. Their vineyards are sustainably managed with sheep used to keep down the grass. The wines are guided by highly acclaimed young winemaker William Rikard-Bell in an old apple-shed in close proximity to the vineyards.