Our Story

Dryridge Estate was originally founded by Bob And Barbara Tyrrell in 2000.  Following many years working in the computer industry, Bob Tyrrell sold his software business and 'retired' buying a 130 acre block of land in the Megalong Valley.  

They built a 5 hectare vineyard comprising primarily of Riesling, as well as a block of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.

For many years they struggled against drought to produce the first commercial wines in the Megalong Valley.  There is a saying in the wine industry that the best wines in the world come from the most challenging growing environments and this has proven to be the case with Dryridge.  Growing Riesling is difficult and was to be an inspired choice. However, the pink granite adds a a unique characteristic of crisp minerality to the wines.

Tragically on the 4th of April of 2013, Bob suffered an instant, fatal heart attack whilst overseeing the harvest of the Cabernet block. Aged 75, his determination was inspiring to locals, friends and family.

      Bob Tyrrell 1937 - 2013

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 be 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 the Groodle and Charlie Cat have a vast amount of room to run around and play!

Simon has a background in farming, originally hailing from Feildling in New Zealand. He has an incredibly keen sense of business and currently works in finance, commuting to the city 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.