Moorilla was founded by Claudio Alcorso, an Italian textile merchant, in
1947. In 1958 - ignoring advice that the site was better suited to fruit
trees - Alcorso and his family trialled 90 Riesling cuttings on the site,
sourced from David Wynn's South Australian vineyard. In 1962 the vines
produced their first yield, which was handpicked and wild fermented to
become the first ever Moorilla vintage.
Until the sale of the site to David Walsh in 1995, the Alcorsos worked
tirelessly to establish Moorilla as a leader in the cool climate wine
industry - later acquiring a second vineyard, St. Matthias, on the banks
of Launceston's Tamar River.
Today, David's vision for Moorilla has developed in tandem with MONA
under the governance of winemaker Conor van der Reest: in its emphasis on
the production of wines designed to mirror MONA's overall philosophy, and
importantly, encourage visitors to engage all senses - sometimes