April, 2002 - North Coast Town and Country Magazine publishes an article featuring Villa d'Esta Vineyard in its Manning Valley Beef Week edition:
"It's been Dyers Crossing's best kept secret for a few years, but Manning Valley Beef Week is about to pop some corks at the valley's newest vineyard and give everyone a chance to taste the traditional European wine. Maria Brizuela, manager of Villa d'Esta Vineyard on Wallambah Road, on the outskirts of Dyers Crossing, west of Taree has recently opened her cellar door to the public. She is looking forward to welcoming Beef Week visitors as part of the Magical Mystery Tour on a special bus trip organised by the North Coast Murray Grey group on Friday, May 3.
"And are visitors in for a treat. They will be able to taste Maria's special Rosé, made the traditional Hungarian way, from a blend of Chasselas Doré. The pink, almost blue variety produced one barrel of Rosé last year that was very much sought after by friends and relatives.
"The vineyard was established in 1997 for a group of friends to grow grapes to produce their own wine. Friends and relatives started to get the taste and now the directors of Oakcase Pty Ltd, who live in Sydney have opened their cellar door for all to enjoy.
" 'We have under an acre planted of table grapes. We obtained 36 different varieties from a Hunter Valley grower and next season we'll have table grapes for sale from December to the end of February, as well as the wine.
"An acre of vines planted on top of the ridge are thriving in the perfect pH 7 soil, while the acre of table grapes are planted closer to brick cellar and wine making facility. Only 700 cabernet of the 1000 latest vines planted survived the harsh dry, silver eyes and rabbits which also made short work of the shiraz but Maria is confident that guards will resolve that problem when they replant.
" 'The first vintage in 1999 produced 3000 litres of beautiful wine - chardonnay, classic white and mellow white. And the pests created problems for the next year, decreasing our yield for the 2001 vintage, but we have 8000 bottles of chardonnay, rose and classic white now in our cellar' said Maria.
" 'This year we harvested 5.5 tonnes of grapes from which our winemaker Zoli will produce classic white, chardonnay, chambourcin and pinot noir.' The Rosé is Maria's domain."