Recent recipients of the SILVER Award Winner in the Tourism Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries category of the Australian Tourism Awards 2022.
Courabyra Wines is a family run vineyard by Cathy Gairn, in Tumbarumba, located 504km south west of Sydney at the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, home to Australia’s highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko.
The alpine climate is one of Australia’s coolest and is perfect for producing both premium sparkling and table wines.
The first vines were planted in 1981 by Ian Cowell on his Courabyra Rd property – now known as ‘Revee Estate’. In 1986 Charles Sturt University and Seppelts purchased the first vintage for Sparkling wine. The vineyard expanded to 30 Ha over three years and became the backbone for the highly successful Salinger label from Seppelts. This has led to an increasing recognition of and demand for Tumbarumba fruit from top winemakers Australia wide.
Cathy is one of eleven children, so being surrounded by family is customary to her. It was only natural that the family property in Tumbarumba would come to be a meeting place for all Brian and Cathy’s family and friends over the years. When it came to releasing their wines, they believed it was to be a reflection of the environment they came from. With the rich aboriginal heritage and ‘Courabyra’ meaning ‘pleasant place, family gathering’, the logo represents a family gathering, with Cathy being the center surrounded by her ten siblings.