Celebrating Forty Splendid Years

Narkoojee is proud to have celebrated its fortieth anniversary in 2020, sending the winery on a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Reminiscing its humble beginnings in 1980, where the now-winery was a dairy farm owned by Harry Friend’s parents, the winery’s very first vines were initially planted as a hobby.

Established in stages, from making wine in Harry and Val’s garage in Melbourne to production in the old Glengarry Butter Factory, the winery has expanded over the years from its original half-acre to the current 34 acres, with a new winery constructed on the property in 2004. The dream of founding a grape-growing and winemaking enterprise was finally complete in 2013 when a restaurant was constructed.

Over recent years Harry’s son Axel has gradually taken over the role as chief winemaker. The winery has achieved great success and held a rating of 5-red stars for several years in Halliday’s Wine Companion, a status awarded to only about ten percent of Australian wineries.

The company is proud of its increasing contribution to the local economy and promoting tourism in the Gippsland region. Narkoojee has established a sound base on which to build its planned expansion of the vineyard, winery and restaurant as it looks to the future with confidence.