Fresh start for winery

IT is a new era, of sorts, at Boston Bay Wines now that Tony and Sonia Ford have leased the business and taken on the running of the winery.

Tony Ford is the youngest son of Graham and Mary Ford, who bought and developed the winery and established the first vines and cellar door in 1984, and running Boston Bay Wines has been a whole-family effort until now.

It was put up for sale last year but Mr Ford said selling the land or potentially ripping out the vineyard to develop residential blocks did not sit well with his family.

"We had so much support from people, we got heaps of heart warming messages telling us not to sell," he said.

"My brother came up with the idea to subdivide and sell the land behind, not attached to the winery, and said 'look why don't you guys have a crack?' and the family was happy with that so we decided to lease the business."

Mr Ford said they also received a lot of support from Peter Teakle Wines and Lincoln Estate.

He said since the transfer of the business on July 1, he and his wife had been getting down to the "nitty gritty" of what they wanted to do with the place.

"We're certainly going to have a crack," he said.

Mr Ford said he was excited to be working on the ideas he had had "bubbling over for years".

Some of those ideas include a lunchtime food concept, a table platter called Feed me 40, a food and wine-matched tasting paddle and a seafood cooking experience, 'Eyre Peninsula Seafood Heroes', which focuses on a different type of seafood each month.

"That will be an interactive seafood cooking experience, complemented by Boston Bay wines and followed by a sit down lunch," Mr Ford said.

They have also extended the outdoor lawn area to cater for larger outdoor events.

Mr Ford said they were hoping to impress everyone with the renovations and they were excited about what the future held.

"We're very excited about the Peter Teakle production facility and the cruise ship business.

"Eyre Peninsula is on an exciting trajectory; it's like a plane heading up the runway about to take off and we're happy to be a part of it."