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.
Preparing the block
Preparation of the 2-acre block in 1989 with John Tulloch as Vineyard and Viticulture Manager, until his retirement in 2016 when he was succeeded by Kyle Powell.
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.
Victoria Foster hand-picking the first tiny crop in January 1993. 37 cases were produced.
Tyrrell's come On-board
Tyrrell’s Vineyards start to produce the Elysium Wine.
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.
James Halliday awarded Elysium 4.5 stars in his 2005 Wine Companion
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.
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.
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.
A Quarter Century
2015 marked a quarter century of Elysium Wines.
Elysium Welcomes a New Owner
Aaron Ching – CEO, takes over the helm at Elysium Vineyard & Cottage to re-energise the beloved brand. Nick Paterson also joins the team as winemaker. The future of Elysium is in good hands.