History & Geography
In 2008, having spent many years working as a viticulturist at Swinging Bridge, and after completing a university course in winemaking, Tom Ward took the reins at Swinging Bridge to make more wines under his own label, as a complement to the estate’s 100ha that were supplying grapes to large-scale wineries. Always intrigued by the enormous potential afforded by the cool-climate varieties produced in the region, he turned his attention to sourcing Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay from a selection of premium Orange vineyards, including Hillcrest Park, planted in 1998 by Peter and Lee Hedberg. After selling up in Canowindra, Tom and his family set down their own roots in Orange, taking over the Hedberg’s iconic estate. Here, he and his wife, Georgie, live and run Swinging Bridge, which they consider to be the best site in Orange for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and which they’ve renamed Hill Park.
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