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Murdering Point Winery is a family owned and operated boutique winery specialising in the production of Australian Bush Tucker and tropical fruit wines and ports. The winery is set amid the Berryman family’s sugar cane farm on Murdering Point Road, Silkwood East, about halfway between Cairns and Townsville.
The Berryman family has farmed tropical fruits and sugarcane in the Silkwood region for over 50 years and Winemaker William Berryman, carries on a family tradition of fruit wine production. The Berryman’s have always taken great pride in the quality of their wines and decided to share this with the world by opening of a full commercial winery on their property in 2003.
The winery was planned and built by the Berryman family in order to provide quality wines to the local market and North Queensland's burgeoning tourism market. The raw materials, sugar cane and tropical fruits, come directly from the farm and from suppliers within the district. Their vision was to provide a unique wine and tourism experience combining free tastings of Bush Tucker and tropical fruit wines and ports, with the region’s history, culture and agricultural background.
Tropical fruit winery
This unique winery has rapidly become a leader in the use of a wide range of tropical fruits in the production of quality dry, sweet and fortified wines. The winery offers wines and ports made from Mango, Passionfruit, Lychee, Lemon Aspen, Davidson Plum, Jaboticaba, Mulberry, Pineapple and Black Sapote, with special ingredients including ginseng and ginger.
At Murdering Point Winery, cellar door visitors learn about the region’s colourful history during their free guided wine tasting, which includes discussions on the Australian Bush Tucker and tropical fruits used in the wines. They can also view the working winery from a specially designed platform. Visitors can also experience a working cane farm during the season, watch cane being harvested, planted or hauled by trains and – at night – the unique spectacle of cane burning.
A commitment to excellence in wine production has allowed the winery to take out Best Wine of Show at the 2006 Australian Fruit Wine Show, just one of the 90 medals won over the last two years. Murdering Point Winery was a finalist in the inaugural Vogue Entertaining Travel Produce Awards, and the first North Queensland and first fruit wine to be included in the prestigious Queensland Premier’s Dozen.
For Murdering Point Winery, excellence extends beyond the winemaking process to every aspect of the visitor experience. The winery is now nationally recognised as one of the leading tourist attractions in Queensland region as a winner in the 2008 and 2007 Australian Tourism Awards, after winning the 2008 and 2006 Queensland Tourism Award – Wineries and being a finalist in 2005. The winery also won the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Tourism Tropical North Queensland Tourism Award - Wineries/Distilleries having also won the 2004 North Queensland Tourism Award - New Tourism Development. In 2006 the winery also won the Johnstone Shire awards for Business Excellence and Best Commercial Garden.
To ensure its continuing success, Murdering Point Winery has gained approval to construct an airport and helipad adjacent to the winery, allowing quick and easy access from Australia's major tourist destination, Cairns. The winery is also working on extending its wine list with an innovative focus on developing homeopathic wines to meet new trends in health and leisure lifestyles. Input from visitors through the winery's ongoing research program has seen plans developed to renovate and extend the cellar door and through this better served the thousands of tourists and locals who visit the winery each month.
Murdering Point was the first winery in the Johnstone Shire to reopen its doors after the devastation of Cyclone Larry - just days after the cyclone hit, albeit without doors, windows and power. The Berryman family has been actively involved in the tourism and business recovery programs, taking time out from the business to let people in Australia and elsewhere know that North Queensland is still here and waiting to provide an extraordinary visitor experience.