Thermopylae has been in the Guthrie family since 1927. Given its proximity to the Grampians, it receives above average rainfall and includes large areas of natural bushland. Indeed some 50% of the 1300 ha property is fenced off as such, leaving the remainder for wool and prime lamb production. Wildlife common to this area includes kangaroos, wallabies, emus, echidna, wedge-tailed eagles, cockatoos, etc.

Darcy with furbaby at Grampian estate Darcy with furbaby at Grampian estate

Like many rural families, the Guthries have a long history in sheep farming in Australia. Whilst diversification has led them to the establishment of a winery, they are carrying on a family tradition of continuous involvement in the sheep industry in Australia, which started by Tom’s great grandfather in 1847 when he emigrated from Scotland as a fourteen year old and began life as a jackeroo on a Tasmanian sheep station.

No sheep farmer can exist without their capable and loyal sheep dogs. In recognition of their invaluable service, Tom decided to enter his favourite dog “Billy Brownless” in the 2000 Powercor Grampians Pyrenees Business Awards in the “Employee of the Year” section. Despite failing to win, he did receive a letter from the local MP.