Dryridge Estate was founded by Bob and Barbara Tyrrell in 2000. It was a challenging growing environment, struggling for many years against drought, to produce the first commercial wines in the Megalong Valley. Their hard work and persistence paid off as the pink granite soil that the vineyard was built on adds a unique crisp minerality to the wines.
Tragically in 2013 Bob suffered a fatal heart attack on the property aged 75. His determination was inspiring to locals, friends and family. After Bob passed away, the Tyrrell family decided to sell their beautiful property and business. They were hoping the vineyard would sell to enthusiastic new owners, which is exactly what they got!
Emma and Simon took over the business in July 2015 and could not have been more thrilled to be in the Megalong Valley starting a new life. They moved their little family from a terrace house in Bondi to Dryridge, where George (Groodle), Angus (Cavoodle) and Charlie Cat have a vast amount of room to run around and play!
Simon has a background in farming, originally hailing from Feilding in New Zealand. He has an incredibly keen sense of business and also works in finance in Sydney during the week.
Emma’s background is in events and hospitality, spanning 20 years. She is incredibly passionate, friendly and organised, which makes Dryridge Estate the perfect business to indulge her flair for putting on a party!
Together, Emma and Simon are eager to give Dryridge Estate the exposure and love that it deserves, being such an extraordinary and unique venue.
Emma and Simon’s passion and dedication to Dryridge has seen the vineyard flourish. Dryridge is now not only a spectacular vineyard and Cellar Door but also a extremely popular and unique wedding and events venue.