• 1985

    The Beginning

    The Beginning

    The property was purchased in August 1985 by Victoria Foster and Pam Waugh and was named “Elysium”. It was originally the Tulloch family home.  The garden’s flowering trees were planted by John Tulloch’s mother in 1965.

  • 1989

    Preparing the block

    Preparing the block

    Preparation of the 2-acre block in 1989 with John Tulloch as Vineyard and Viticulture Manager, as he remains today.

  • 1990

    Planting the Vines

    Planting the Vines

    Planting by hand over the weekend of 18 August 1990. Eight people led by John Tulloch planted 200 vines each in two days. Verdelho chosen as the variety as the most suited to the Elysium terroir. Cuttings from John Tulloch’s 70 year-old vines

  • 1993

    First Crop

    First Crop

    Victoria Foster hand-picking the first tiny crop in January 1993. 37 cases were produced.

  • 1995

    Tyrrell's come On-board

    Tyrrell’s Vineyards start to produce the Elysium Wine.

  • 2003

    Gold for Elysium

    Elysium awarded a Gold medal at the 2003 Hunter Valley Wine Show.

    Also for the first time, a tonne of Elysium fruit was used to make a Madeira style, aged in small Allier oak barriques and released in 2009.

  • 2005

    4.5 Stars

    James Halliday awarded Elysium 4.5 stars in his 2005 Wine Companion

  • 2007

    One of Top Three Verdelhos

    2005 ELYSIUM WAS NAMED ONE OF THE TOP THREE VERDELHOS IN AUSTRALIA BY THE AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND WINE INDUSTRY JOURNAL.

  • 2013

    Elysium Impresses the French

    The 2012 Elysium vintage is honoured with an award from the French Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Panel of 9 French judges, led by Sommelier Franck Moreau.

  • 2014

    Elysium loses Pam

    Elysium loses Pam

    (Pam Waugh with John Tulloch and Jessie the dog)

    The story depicted in these photos is dedicated to the life and work of Pam Waugh.

    Pam chose the land because of the beauty of its trees and surroundings and her creativity, many skills and generosity made Elysium what it is today. Pam died in March 2014, but is never far from Elysium.

  • 2015

    A Quarter Century

    2015 marked a quarter century of Elysium Wines.

  • 2017

    the story continues...