Tell us a little about Islander Estate Vineyards
The Islander Estate Vineyards was established on KI in 2000 by French winemaker Jacques Lurton. After establishing vineyards and wineries in six countries around the world, Jacques felt the climate, soil and environment on KI would be perfect for grape growing. We produce delicate, elegant, European-style wines at our estate on Bark Hut Road and are immensely pleased with how things have turned out over the past decade and a half. We now have a robust business which sells wine to both the export and domestic markets and we are able to live in an amazing place.
What is new for Islander Estate Vineyards?
2015 was a great year for Islander Estate. We have increased our volumes as well as our revenues and were able to take on new staff and continue to build our brand around the world, all the while promoting Kangaroo Island. We also had a pop-up cellar door restaurant over the holiday period which was very successful with more than 400 visitors in just under a month. We showcased a tapas menu consisting of more than 90 per cent local produce paired with our delicious wines, served in our unique wine cellar. We are excited to do it again next year.
How does/can your business contribute to the island's business community?
We employ four island residents on a full-time basis and support our local trades and business through the course of daily operations. Further we sponsor a local sports club, the KI Yacht Club, art events as well as local functions and charities throughout the year. The winery is available for catered lunch and dinner events, with all visitors given a special tour of our winery with a tasting included. We also support the local restaurants and hotels with trade pricing to ensure they are able to make good margins on our products while still providing great quality wines to their guests.
Why did you join Business Kangaroo Island and how do you see it helping your business?
To show our support for the local community and network with other businesses to explore opportunities which can benefit both the island and the businesses involved.
What are some positive opportunities you see for Kangaroo Island businesses in the future?
I think servicing the new developments that are slated for the island is the biggest opportunity for both existing and new island businesses. Outside of those major developments, there is always opportunity to create new niche markets for products and services no matter where you are in the world. Those with drive and creativity will create their own future – you just need to think outside the box sometimes.
BKI would like to thank Yale Norris of Islander Estate Vineyards for his contribution to our eNewsletter www.iev.com.au
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