ATR Wines in the Grampians is for sale, with the owner-winemaker Adam Richardson and his family moving to the United States to live.
Before establishing ATR Wines, Adam spent more than 20 years winemaking, based in California, travelling the world to work with winemakers in more than 10 countries to create wines to be imported back into the US.
He was the winemaker behind Cupcake, growing the brand from a 3,000-dozen Californian Chardonnay brand into a two-million case global brand.
In 2013 he joined Treasury Wine Estates as US chief winemaker.
Three years later he left the company to focus on his own brand.
Now he and the family are moving to Oregon in the US, his wife Eva’s home state.
“After buying an empty sheep paddock in 2005, planting the vineyard, building the winery, developing and running my ATR Wines business and tasting room, and living here as a family for seven years, I’m ready to retire from winemaking,” Adam says.
“This is an incredibly special space that I have put my heart, soul, sweat, blood and even some tears into creating and running.
“I’m excited for someone new to take the reins and experience the country vineyard life.”
The 18-acre vineyard was planted in 2006 and 2010 and includes Shiraz, Riesling, Nebbiolo, Durif and Tannat.
The 43-acre property includes a striking rammed-earth homestead.
“The potential buyer might be a wine person, but it doesn’t have to be,” Adam says.
“This place is perfect for someone who’s looking for a tree change and decides to lease out the vineyard and sell the grapes, or for someone who’s looking for a country home or a serene place to retire where they can enjoy the solitude of the Australian bush.”