‘Capanno’ means ‘shed’ in Italian. We think it’s the perfect name for us, and you’ll see we’ve used a photo of the Colorbond steel cladding from the side of the house on our wine label.
Corrugated iron is just so very Australian, and so are sheds – think old, weathered woolsheds, rusted iron shacks in the outback, the steeply pitched iron roofs of Queenslanders, rainwater tanks and modern industrial estates – contemporary homes too, like Capanno, with its timber and corrugated iron clad external walls, and layout spread across several distinct ‘sheds’.
Around the house are native grasses, planted beneath a feature sculpture of tall posts we’re told came from old wool shed wharves, and there’s an Italian-inspired Bocce court surrounded by rosemary and lavender, lemon, bay and olive trees.
Beyond that are the vine rows, though most of the block is actually Australian bush/scrub, with eucalypts and wattle, kookaburras and cockatoos, roos and wombats.
The vineyard and house are set up a little higher, providing amazing views of mountains in the distance, and big open skies for sunny days and starry nights, the perfect spot for long lunches, and evenings by the fire – a glass of Pinot in hand!
Fabulous times spent there with friends and family, great food and wine, lots of banter and laughs – all evocative of Italy – and thus the name:
Capanno – Italian for ‘shed’