Wild Duck Creek Estate started even before we had a winery. David (Duck) began making our wines using his trailer as a mobile winemaking facility, carting his one and only ferment with him to and from work as he also built vineyards for a living.
For 28 years, David has travelled across Australia to personally deliver orders to our allocation holders. Our winery has been built on the long-lasting friendships which have been born from this very interaction. It’s something we hold very dear.
Winemaking at Wild Duck Creek started with two barrels on a dirt floor in a hidden tin shed at the back of our Alan’s Cabernet vineyard. David (Duck) then built the winery building with local builder Barry Pittman over two years, the rock wall at the front taking 10 years to complete. Fast forward to the present day, where all of our wines are still made in the original winery building David and Barry built in 1990. We have just added a temperature and humidity controlled barrel hall and facilities to keep our wine in pristine condition all year round.
Due to the necessity of saving money anywhere we could, David (Duck) built as many of our facilities and machines as possible himself. From vineyard sprayers on the back of utes with pumps driven by VW beetle engines, to frost protection devices using old Cesna propellers driven by a small engine on a trailer. Whatever he could do save a penny he would do.