Varley Bailey acquires land lots in the parish of Glenrowan. His father Richard and sister Emma, also purchase properties to build their farms on. The Bailey family run several farms and Varley plants his Vineyard
Varley begins to make wine, he expands and diversifies his vineyard, even then the style of Glenrowan wines were heroic and gutsy.
The region suffers a devastating outbreak of Phylloxera, an aphid that feeds on vine roots. The Baileys vineyards were destroyed, and many winemakers were ordered to destroy their vineyards.
Undeterred, Varley replants his vineyard with Phylloxera resistant rootstock – expensive and hard to source! Soon the Baileys famous wines flow again the original 1904 Shiraz Block, continues to produce outstanding wines to this day.
The Baileys mantle is passed on from father to son. The vineyard expands under the Bailey Bros Winery name. The red stripped Hermitage, quickly builds a famous reputation and loyal following.
Third generation Bailey briethers, Allan and Roley Bailey sell the winery. Althoughthe Bailey family had sold, the famous wine would remain the same.
The Baileys winery releases its first organic Shiraz following organic certification of the vineyards.
Now over 150 years old, the winery and vineyards are certified organic. We are proud to showcase the heritage of the winery and how our traditional techniques have evolved to reflect modern winemaking expertise.
We will continue to cherish the history and integrity of Baileys for generations to come.
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