Meet Team Colmar – the dedicated group of people that have made Colmar Estate happen
Bill and Jane Shrapnel
Wine lovers and passionate owners of Colmar Estate. It was 30 years in the planning!
A passionate and inspiring winemaker committed to producing small batches of hand-crafted, ultra-premium wines from the pristine fruit plucked from our cool, high altitude vineyard.
Ian ‘Pearcy’ Pearce
Our viticulturalist. What Ian doesn’t know about growing premium, cool climate grapes isn’t worth knowing. An advocate of ‘all great wines start in the vineyard’.
Cellar door manager
SuperTanzy! Knowledgeable about the wines, passionate about our mission and a whole lot of fun to boot.
Our daughter, graphic designer and food/travel blogger extraordinaire. Sarah designed our labels and the website. She also assists with communications and all the technical stuff.
"This producer is becoming a tour de force of fizz and riesling"
Ned Goodwin, Halliday
"Colmar Estate is one of the emerging stars of the Orange wine region"
Huon Hooke, The Real Review
The Orange Wine Region
The Orange Wine Region is known for its high altitude vineyards. The higher you go the cooler it gets, allowing a wide range of grape varieties to be grown successfully.
Most wine regions are known for one or two varieties; Orange is known for its incredible diversity. But there is one constant – the elegant, cool climate style of the wines.
1991 - The first vines are planted
A mix of red and white varieties is chosen. Planting is completed in 2000 with the riesling block near the cellar door.
2013 - We purchase the vineyard
Plans are made to build a house and move from Sydney to Orange.
2014 - Our first vintage
A tough one, with two major rain events, yet two of our wines win trophies at the NSW Wine Awards. We realise we are onto something special.
2015 - Getting the varieties right
Under-performing red varieties – cabernet sauvignon and merlot – are grafted to white varieties and pinot noir more suited to the cool site.
2016 - Some big wins!
Colmar Estate blitzes the Orange Wine Show, winning five trophies including Best White Wine and Best Wine of Show.
2020 - 27 trophies in five years
Colmar Estate becomes the Orange Region’s most awarded vineyard, winning 27 trophies at Australian wine shows in our first five vintages.
Present - Daring to dream
We now know we can make very good wines. Our challenge for the future is to make great wines that will be savoured and discussed for many years to come.