In 1985 Jim and Kay Mobbs planted the first Chardonnay vines on the alluvial flats of their extensive property in the Hastings River Region on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales. Thus Bago Vineyards was born, and over the decades to follow the vineyard would expand exponentially to include in excess of 10 hectares of grape varieties as diverse and exotic as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Verdelho, Viognier, Chanel Paradisa, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Tannat, Savagnin and Chambourcin.
Bago was the natural choice when it came time to name the winery, as the luscious parcel of land upon which these fine vines have been grown is nestled at the foot of Broken Bago Mountain. The term Bago is thought to have been derived from the local aboriginal word for mountain “bulkara”, the ‘broken’ part due to the shattering of seams of rock in old gold mining shafts.
The Mobbs family ancestry have a long history of grape growing in the Hastings River Region dating back to the first plantings of Muscatel and Isabella varieties at Ballengara and Tuffins Lane late in the 19th Century. Today, Bago Vineyards continues this fine family tradition producing some of the most revered wines the Hasting River Region has to offer.