Mira Wines is a private, Boutique Vineyard in Pokolbin , Hunter Valley and is by appointment only .
We are Kiros and Ana, a husband and wife team who until recently, like many Greek Australians, made wine in our garage. Early on, there were many hit and miss vintages, depending on what grapes arrived at Flemington markets each year.
We decided to take our passion a little further, this time , out of Sydney and into Hunter Valley Wine country. We wanted to be hands on, to know and grow the fruit that would become our wine.
We are among a group of small family vineyard owners and winemakers with an immense passion for our wines . Properties like ours typically produce 1000-3000
bottles each year. That is just 120-250 cases each vintage . The vineyard is singularly hand pruned and cared for by the two of us. The spraying is contracted out to a very experienced and capable local.
In Greek Mythology , the Ancient Greeks believed your Mira was determined at birth by the Three Fates that hovered over the baby's head . One spun the thread of life , one measured the thread and one cut the thread , symbolising when you died .
Our logo depicts an urn, which pays homage to our Greek heritage and the first storage vessels for wine and olive oil thousands of years ago .
The cotton reel and scissors represent the story of MIRA and The Three Fates .
We believe that wine, like life, is there to be shared and enjoyed.
Our journey started over 20 years ago when we were making wine in our garage .
Our son stomping on grapes in a bathtub and dad with Papou Kosma running the crush line year after year.
Having a long family tradition of grape growers back in Greece on the Island of Kefalonia, there were grapes in our blood, in our heritage . Grape vines covered our backyards growing up in Sydney and pruning was something you learnt as a kid .
Traditions and techniques have been passed down through the generations and now we have had the privilege of owning a vineyard in our lifetime and we are putting this knowledge to use.
The majority of the vines on our property were planted over 20 years ago, comprising of Muscat , Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon varieties perfect for our Boutique Wine Collection .
The Muscat vines on "The Hill" were planted nearly 70 years ago and are amongst the oldest in the Hunter Valley. They are precious to us both. They produce magnificent fruit, perfect for making Moscato or left on the vine to dry and be enjoyed on a cheese platter.
The previous owners called the Muscat vines "the old girls" and we do to .
We have also planted a Lemon Orchard to keep up with demand for our ever popular Limoncello .
Whilst we have both dabbled in winemaking on an ameteur level for the last 20 years , we have entrusted our fruit to a great Hunter Valley Winemaker.... Daniel Binet . He always tells us good fruit makes good wine ... you have to start with the basics.
Dan has secured himself as one of the Hunter Valley's most respected winemakers having some 20 years experience . He is well known in the Valley for his ability to
de-mistify winemaking and convey wine information in a natural and engaging way.
His passionate streak is evident in everything he does at Domaine de Binet and Binet Family Wines .