The artwork was originally created by our friend Daniel Wallace and used for Matt and Tamara’s wedding in 1997. Local artist and friend Mel Nightingale has used Dan’s original drawings and developed Silent Way.
Earthworms, birds, snakes, friendship and love are our symbols for Silent Way.
Earthworms are ecosystem engineers; they change the structure of their environment. They are nature's little farmers and plough and mix up the soil. Their tunnelling loosens the soil so water and nutrients can go downward.
Birds are important as they make essential contributions to our ecosystem. They get rid of harmful insects and predatory birds keep down the populations of rodents such as mice and rats.
Snakes have important ecological value. They are silent predators of the world and keep the animal population in balance. Snakes have mysterious connotation and symbolise loyal love.
Silent way is a plot of earth 550 meters above sea level in the Macedon Ranges, Victoria. Purchased in 2007 by Matt Harrop and Tamara Grischy with their three children, Jai, Ivy and Sofia. Love and friendship nurtured this plot into a home and a small vineyard.
The wines produced are in small quantities, express the soils they are grown in and are styles we love to drink.
Why the name Silent Way? One of our favourite albums; In a Silent way was recorded by Miles Davis in February 1969. It is regarded as a masterpiece and one of the most inventive recordings of all time.
'Don't play what's there, play what's not there' - Miles Davis