A FINE DROP: Trevor Harch and David Holmes at Harry’s at Buderim for the launch of Brockenchack 2012 William Frederick shiraz.
A FINE DROP: Trevor Harch and David Holmes at Harry’s at Buderim for the launch of Brockenchack 2012 William Frederick shiraz. Erle Levey

What's next for Trevor Harch?

HE'S excited about his life. Enthused, animated, energetic, positive, happy.

A change of pace suits Trevor Harch. But as a vigneron?

Where does the builder of some of Queensland's best commercial buildings retire to?

No, not a yacht drifting around the world. Nor a glitzy penthouse overlooking the ocean. Retirement village reminiscing?

Few would guess but he and family are re-inventing themselves in South Australia.

Trevor is as happy as a pig in mud in the Keyneton hills at the head of the Eden Valley above the famous Barossa wine growing region.

Dirt roads, derelict stone ruins and untended vines equate to his own version of pure paradise.

Since acquiring the run-down wreck of someone else's dream the former director of Evans Harch constructions has redirected his energies into an outstanding transformation.

Where once a butcher shop dating back to the 1880s and later a brothel flourished, the most intimate wine tasting room stands. The fully restored stone building sits among 106 acres including grape vines dating back 119 years.

Alongside this charming stone wine-tasting room in Sawpit Rd sits a reconstructed home.

Not just an ordinary place to sleep but a haven which will soon become one of the best B and Bs in the mighty Barossa Valley. Settled in among the vines, you will look out into row upon row of grapes.

Each season provides a different vista. Autumn leaves one with a sense of peace and harmony of colour ... reds, maroons, yellows, greens and some grapes left to dry upon the vine for snacking on "sultanas".

This is what retirement is all about. But what a change. From big buildings to grape vines and stone cottages.

Having been brought up on the land and an avid wine enthusiast since his early 30s, Trevor came to his own conclusion after many years of research that there really was no other wine that tasted as good as Barossa shiraz, so why not make some yourself?

"I decided to look for a good vineyard, grow grapes, make wine, sell wine, make a dollar. How simple is that?

"We are on our way.

"The Eden Valley is famous for riesling and shiraz.

"They are wonderful wines. We are part of that style but making elegant wines in keeping with today's market. Soft, beautiful drinking shiraz, all in new french oak barrels."


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