We are Henry and Harriet (and little Albert) Churchill. And we are both English. So we need kind folk around us to support us on this journey as we don’t have our families living anywhere near. We both exchanged our corporate suits in our agricultural sustainability day jobs for muddy boots to take on Zig Zag wines and raise our son together as best as we can. Now we’re on an incredible journey working with some of Macedon Ranges very best winemakers and biodynamic viticulturists to make wine and grow grapes in a way that doesn’t cost the earth. And we are navigating how we both parent and both make wine in a way that challenges normal gender roles, which doesn’t always work out.
Also, these totally amazing tea cozies are crafted by Penola’s Trevor Smith after a mid-vintage night in with our mentor (and hero) Sue Bell of Bellwether Wines back in 2015. First time we’ve commissioned ourselves in art…
In it together – with a little help from our friends
The gorgeous wines of Zig Zag Rd and Kind Folk couldn’t be made without the help of our utterly incredible community of friends who help us grow our grapes and make our wine come rain or shine. We call it Farm-Share which is definitely a working title at the moment. But it’s a philosophy we all sign up to about co-stewarding the land, and co-creating beautiful things (mostly wine). We think we need to learn to be less individualistic and start being more collaborative. We’re better together, we were built that way, our ancestors knew it and somehow we’ve forgotten it along the way.
And so we’re trying to slow down. Grow grapes slowly, with smaller yields but better quality. Spend time reinvigorating the soil slowly over years rather than with fertiliser applications. Make wine slowly fermented with wild yeasts rather than using yeast from a lab. Spend more time breathing it in and less time worrying about what’s next. Frankly we are no way near really slowing down, but we love being part of the conversation in our community that is asking how do we start to soak it up.
So we are starting to have more conversations, more vulnerable, bigger-than-us conversations whilst we make and taste wine and we would love for you to join us.