The Governor Robe Wines story starts back in the 1940’s when Tim Quinlan-Watson (the scientist), was working with the CSIRO to correct cobalt deficiency found in livestock from the South Eastern region of South Australia. The CSIRO were later responsible for developing a cobalt bullet to insert into the live animal, correcting this malnutrition, hence farming changed in the region forever!
Tim, his wife Peg, and their four children, Bill, Mick, Sue and Mary moved to a farm 14km from the township of Robe in 1948, where they began the laborious job of converting bush land into productive farm land. In the late seventies, sons Bill and Mick took over the reins and concentrated mainly on farming sheep, cattle, and growing barley and various legumes. They also experimented planting vines, however later realised that they had chosen the wrong site!
In 1994 the boys sold off 700 acres of land to Southcorp Wines (now Treasury Wines), which was planted down to vines (the first vineyard in the region!). In 1995 the brothers conceived the idea to plant their own vineyard, they approached investors and Waterhouse Range Vineyard was born.
The name ‘ Governor Robe’ was chosen as the brand name, after the fourth Governor of South Australia, Major Frederick Robe, who chose the site as a port in 1845. The town was proclaimed as a port in 1847.
Governor Robe Estate Wines source 100% of its fruit from the Waterhouse Range Vineyard. Governor Robe Estate Wines are produced by Waterhouse Range Vineyards.