Stumpy Gully Vineyard
The journey began when Frank and Wendy Zantvoort moved their four young children to an old dairy farm and toiled to grow the vines that now produce the extraordinary vintages of Stumpy Gully and it continues with the next generation in Michael and Elizabeth and their three daughters.
But there are many families that are connected to this beautiful boutique Vineyard from the D’Auria family who run the on-site Restaurant to the wider much cherished team and their families that are integral in making this a truly authentic family vineyard.
Each one of the extraordinary people who work with us now and those that have worked with us in the past have each added something to this special place.
learn about our journey
Stumpy Gully Vineyard was established in 1989 by Frank and Wendy Zantvoort. The first 20 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Marsanne and Cabernet Sauvignon were planted on dairy land unused for many years, on Stumpy Gully Road in Moorooduc. The first few vintages were all hands on deck with family and friends called in to help across all aspects of production. By 1995 with a cellar door now open and the Stumpy Gully Label finding some traction in the market the business was on the way. Further plantings in the 1990’s on a new site on Stumpy Gully Road means there is now 80 acres under vine. As a consequence the winery was extended and a new label Peninsula Panorama was released. In 2016 the Cellar Door area was renovated with a fully equipped professional kitchen and restaurant seating. Stumpy Gully Vineyard is now in its second generation of family winemakers, lovingly run and maintained by owners Michael and Liz Zantvoort.
Owner & Winemaker
Michael grew up among the vines, learning about wine making from his parents, and has done everything on the vineyard from planting to bottling. He’s usually found working around the Stumpy Gully Vineyard or on the road meeting various clients in Melbourne and Sydney. He studied Viticulture and Wine Growing at Wagga and loves camping and spending time with his three girls.
Owner & Business Manager
Elisabeth has worked at Stumpy Gully for over 20 years, and even though she has tried her hand at many roles, today you will mostly find her in the office and occasionally greeting customers at the Cellar Door. “It’s a great place to work there’s always something going on and I also love the seasonal nature of life on a vineyard.’
Being part of a family owned business has been a real pleasure. We don’t always agree but we always make up! I hope that all visitors feel a part of something special we are trying to create.
Brian has been in the wine industry for over ten years now, the majority of those years have been with Stumpy Gully.
Having done an extensive range of vineyard & winery work with the Zantvoorts, Brian has a great passion & appreciation for the wines that Stumpy Gully has become very well known for.
Frank & Wendy Zantvoort
Founders of Stumpy Gully Vineyard
Frank and Wendy moved to Moorooduc in the early 1980’s. ‘We’d planted a lot of trees here and we liked wine and then thought “why don’t we put a vineyard in?” ‘It sort of went on from there -a hobby that took over our lives. Wendy studied wine making at Charles Sturt University. Frank continued to work as a Physiotherapist while working part time in the vineyard. In 2016 Frank and Wendy took a step back from full time vineyard and winery work, although they continue to share the knowledge and experience gained over the past 26 years with their son Michael who is now owner and Director.