Two sisters from a farming family of five children, spent their weekends and school holidays rolling out dripper lines with Dad over the flats of Coonawarra before it was the rows and rows of vineyard we see today.

Dressed in their bucket hats, Blunnies and shorts, each hold the end of a rod threaded through the roll of tubing, walking the kilometres needed to lay the all-important dripper hose.

Years pass, both girls marry and have four children each. Eight (often more!) at (or on) a gate or a fence is a common sight as everyone is involved in the vineyard.

Jane and Claire ``ferment tasting``
Uncle Richard

Everyone now means the two sisters, the hubby’s, their kids, Dad and Mum (DB and Jill) along with Aunty Pam and Uncle Richard plus brother Martin and his wife, Kirsty (an awesome paramedic who is very handy on a tractor!) Along with the “Adams”. All very important parts of the process.

Claire, a Roseworthy graduate, is Lanacoona’s vigneron. After graduating from Roseworthy Claire worked as a viticultural consultant with some of the best vineyard consultants in Australia. Claire honed her knowledge through this experience to now produce some of the best fruit Australia has to offer.

Jane travelled a very different path, successfully weaving her way up through the corporate world on a journey that took her to New York and later San Francisco.

Their common love of family and wine brought them to purchase Lanacoona Estate in 2002, an established vineyard in Wrattonbully, a stone’s throw away from the Coonawarra flats they walked as kids. Claire had originally been involved in planning the vineyard during her days as a consultant and together they expanded it to the 60Ha vineyard it is today.

Lanacoona was purchased with the dream of providing their own 8 children with a piece of the country life they grew up with, whilst growing the finest grapes the awesome soils of Wrattonbully could provide. With ready access to water and soils similar to Coonawarra (but a climate slightly less frosty) the vineyard was ripe for success.

Lanacoona provides grapes for many iconic wine labels within Australia as well as producing its own wine from fruit hand chosen by us, from the best parts of the vineyard.

We hope you enjoy sharing and drinking our wine as much as our families enjoyed growing and making it for you.

Jane and Claire

all hands on deck
Meet the sisters at the helm of Eight at the Gate