The Black & Ginger story begins with two friends from Perth; Hadyn Black, a cellar hand and wine maker working in Great Western in Western Victoria, and Darcy Naunton (the Ginger), an entrepreneur from Melbourne. Their friendship began in 2002, after attending the same high school and has developed further with a common bond and love of enjoying the great outdoors in Victoria, particularly the area around Great Western and the Grampians. In addition to camping, four-wheel driving and fishing trips, Black and Naunton have spent their time in and around the vineyards and wineries of Great Western. With exposure to notable wineries such as Best’s and Seppelt, the primary pillars of the town, the desire to create a wine of their own grew over time. In 2015, they took the leap and purchased one tonne of grapes from renowned vineyard, Malakoff Estate, located in the foothills of the Pyrenees Ranges and known for its outstanding quality Shiraz.
The Black & Ginger brand is symbolic of the contrasting background of its founders. The stark contrast of the colour palette and the integration of stylistic cues of old and new, representative of two friends. Friends who’s daily lives couldn’t be more different yet have found a common passion for wine and the outdoors. Black, a country boy in his early days, returned to rural Victoria to pursue his love of wine; and Naunton, raised in Perth, moved to Melbourne to pursue a career in finance and technology, have found a connection around their love of wine which the branding has incorporated.
Black & Ginger do not currently have a cellar door however its home is located at Hounds Run Vineyard on the outskirts of Great Western, where guests can stay in boutique accommodation with 360-degree views of the region. Black & Ginger wines can be purchased online direct or through a number of stockists regionally and in Melbourne.