Fertile grazing land for over 100 years prior, the 11-hectare Willow Creek Vineyard was planted in 1989. Surrounded by the ocean on three sides – creating a cool maritime climate – Willow Creek Vineyard is bordered by native bushland that harbours wrens, wagtails, and honeyeaters. The vineyard is patrolled by families of magpies, while pairs of wedgetail eagles live in the old pine tree windbreaks. Mobs of grey kangaroos also move across the vineyard at dawn and dusk.
The vines themselves are planted east-west and form neat, vertical hedges through late spring to late January when the nets go on to prevent the marauding birds and kangaroos from eating the crop. Harvest is in mid-March, then the vineyard slowly transforms to golden, falling leaves, which mulch the vine rows, while the bare vines are pruned back to sparse canes to commence the whole season again.