Millbrook's 20th Celebration
Last Saturday, family and friends gathered to celebrate 20 years of Millbrook Winery. Hosted by long-time supporter Max Veenhuyzen, the day was not only a celebration of Millbrook but also an opportunity to reflect on the history and achievements of this icon in the Perth Hills.
The celebration marked an important milestone for Peter and Lee Fogarty who, together with their three children, planted the first vines at Millbrook – with a couple of loyal friends along for the ride! This first foray into wine has blossomed into a lifelong passion for the entire family, and Peter took the opportunity to acknowledge the winemakers, restaurant teams and supporters that have helped along the way.
We were honoured to have Millbrook’s three head winemakers, over our two-decade history, in attendance. Each winemaker (Tony Davis, Damian Hutton and Adair Davies) spoke to their experience of creating wine at Millbrook and how it has shaped them as a person. One moment of note was from long-time winemaker, Damian, as he recounted the first time he set eyes on Millbrook and knew that this was ‘it’. We certainly agree! Damian led the winemaking team for 18 years before passing the role onto his Assistant Winemaker, Adair. A special story of continuity.
Once again, our abundant vegetable garden inspired the menu. Head Chef Jamie Hembrow delighted guests with details of the dishes to be served and how the garden produce consistently provides creativity. Executive Chef Guy Jeffreys highlighted the contribution of our team, the culture of mentoring and the importance of our loyal customers – to an eruption of cheers!
Accessible, inspirational and sustainable; Millbrook Winery is a truly special place to visit. We salute the achievements of the past and look to the achievements of another 20 years.
We sincerely thank our supporters, no matter how big or small, for contributing to our story.
Max Veenhuyzen – Food and Wine Journalist and MC at the event.
"Us journalists avoid cliches as a matter of principle, but in real life, cliches can be wonderful things. Or at least in the case of that old chestnut where elements conspire to create perfect conditions for a special day. We got lucky for Millbrook’s 20th birthday lunch earlier this month. The weather held. The old viogniers and shiraz-viogniers – sadly, some of the last bottles in history – dazzled, as did the food. Best of all, key players in the Millbrook story – the winemakers, the chefs, the Fogarty family – all shared wonderful stories about a special patch of dirt in Jarrahdale, on Boodja Bindjareb. I’ve been fortunate to have tracked the Millbrook story closely over the past 20 years, so being able to host the lunch was a real honour. I’m very, very excited to see how the next two decades unfold."
Fennel, marron & fish chowder
2003 | 2005 | 2013 | 2018 | 2021
Broccolini, rolled lamb loin, braised lentils
2001 | 2005 | 2010 | 2018 | 2021
Oranges, chocolate fudge cake, hazelnut praline, crème fraiche
Millbrook Pedro Ximenez
19 · 06 · 2021
CELEBRATING MILLBROOK WINERY ’S 20TH YEAR