Above: Chris Spence at his Norton Estate Vineyard. Picture: Greg Scullin.
HAD THE SPENCE family accepted a consultant’s report that said the soil was no good for vines; Norton Estate Wines would not have become Horsham’s first vineyard in a century reports The Weekly Times.
Don and Wendy Spence and their son, Chris, were so keen to try viticulture on the 35ha farm in the Lower Norton area, south-west of Horsham, that they ignored the consultant’s advice.
In 1997 they planted a 1ha patch of Shiraz grapes “to see how they would go”.