how it all began.
In 2003, Jon and Kim Heslop relocated from the Hunter Valley in New South Wales to the green sanctuary of Mt Tamborine in the Gold Coast Hinterlands. The following year saw the inaugural vintage of our wines, and so marked the birth of ‘Witches Falls Winery’.
Now one of Queensland’s largest wine producers, all Witches Falls’ products are made on-site, allowing us to closely monitor every step of the wine-making process. Innovation, a meticulous attention to detail, and a respect for minimal intervention are combined in careful balance to make up the Witches Falls philosophy.
The team, led by chief winemaker Jon, have exceptional skills and a wealth of experience. Collectively, our team brings knowledge and experience from several Australian wine regions, as well as Burgundy, the Napa Valley, and Marlborough in New Zealand.
Our wine-making process maintains many traditional techniques, utilising these methods in combination with modern, state-of-the-art procedures to produce unique wines of quality, character, and minimal intervention.
Our business continues to grow and develop with each coming year, as does our wonderful crew. We’re lucky enough to play host to a ‘golden’ team, where each and every member brings something unique and valuable to the table.
From art and graphic design to photography and paramedical science, we’ve certainly got all our bases covered! Having such a cherished sense of community within the staff here at Witches is of utmost importance, as it has such a tangible translation upon the impression left with each and every visitor to our Cellar Door.
legend of the falls.
Tamborine Mountain National Park is home to the original Witches Falls, and is the third of its kind in Australia. The name Witches Falls originates with the children of Tamborine Mountain, who thought the forest branches looked like witches' brooms as they walked home at dusk.
the granite belt.
A hidden gem within Australia’s wine industry, the Granite Belt plays host to Witches Falls’ diverse fruit supply.
As its vineyards are among the highest in the country (800 - 1020 metres above sea level), Queensland's Granite Belt is actually considered a cool climate. The region takes its name from the free-draining granitic soils which, in combination with their high altitude, create a climate perfectly suited to growing grapes. Viticulturally, the Granite Belt offers similar growing conditions to the Northern Rhone in France.