higher and higher
Crafting exceptional high elevation, cool climate wines
striving for excellence
Swinging Bridge Estate was established in 1995 by the Ward and Payten families. In 2008, having been involved from the start, Tom and Georgie Ward took the helm and have since evolved Swinging Bridge into a premium supplier of cool climate wines from Orange, NSW. The label had its founding in Canowindra with initial plantings of Chardonnay and Shiraz and was named after the historic wooden pedestrian bridge that traverses the Belubula River at the foot of the vineyard. Today, Swinging Bridge have a variety of ranges on offer including a number of Reserve Wines, the Experimental Series, a Winemaker Series and an Estate Series.
Cool climate, high elevation vineyards such as those found in Orange, NSW, provide a longer ripening period and for this and a number of other reasons, grapes to make certain varieties of wine are sought after from this region. And for this (and for a number of other reasons), Tom and Georgie began their journey to higher altitudes in 2009 producing the first of what has become many wines for Swinging Bridge from the Orange region. Carefully selecting grapes from Orange, has resulted in a number of award winning wines for Swinging Bridge from the premium grapes of the region.
Tom and Georgie searched for a number of years for the perfect place to call home in Orange both for their family and Swinging Bridge Wines. A vineyard was established on a property, historically called Hillcrest Park, on The Escort Way by Peter and Lee Hedberg in 1998. Tom’s pursuit of premium grapes, lead him to producing a number of wines from grapes grown on this property over the past few years. Now, Hill Park Vineyard, is the newest member and permanent home of the Swinging Bridge family with Tom and Georgie able to realise their move, when this outstanding property became available to them.
Swinging Bridge will continue striving for excellence and for Tom that means, not only producing premium reserve wines, but also pushing the boundaries of winemaking through his experimental series, acknowledging those influential family members through naming his winemaker and sparkling varieties and staying true to where Swinging Bridge was founded in the Estate Range.