In 1955, Antonio Folino stepped foot onto Australian soil, in the North East region of Victoria. Falling in love with the land and its people Antonio returned to Italy in 1961 to bring his wife and three children, Domenico, Teresa and Angelo back to Australia to start a new life in the Ovens Valley. Angelo and Teresa being the youngest would attend school whilst the family would share farmed in the tobacco industry.
In late March of every year it was season for wine making and the whole family would gather round and help in this family tradition. Angelo would get the most enjoyment from this annual event and hoped that one day he could have his own vineyard.
Years later Angelo married Maria and together they moved to Porepunkah to start their own family and continue with the yearly tradition of wine making.
A vineyard nestled at the foot hills of Mt Buffalo was a vision Angelo had and with that in mind he, his wife Maria and children Pina and her husband Pat, Antonio and Bruna worked hard to fulfil their family dream.
In 1993, the first vines were planted and from that, the vineyard was created.
Amongst the vineyard is a variety of grape known as fragola (meaning strawberry in Italian). At harvest time the aroma of strawberries can be smelt throughout the whole vineyard.
During harvest time Angelo and his family would gather under a fragola vine with a basket of handpicked grapes to enjoy the stunning backdrop of Mt Buffalo, the lingering fragrance of the ripened fruit and reminiscing how the vineyard had become what it is today....
In 2005, the Folino family relocated to Melbourne due to Maria's illness.
Due to these changes the family now prefers to get out and mingle with the locals and have a chat and deliver that friendly approach to wine tasting and sales .