Swinging Bridge Estate was first planted in 1995 by the Ward and the Payten families with an initial planting of Shiraz and Chardonnay. The Home Block vineyard is located to the south of Canowindra in the Central Ranges of New South Wales (45 minutes drive south west of Orange and 25 minutes north of Cowra).
The name for the vineyard comes from the Swinging Bridge which is a suspension walking bridge located at the foot of the vineyard. This site was identified as an area of potential for a vineyard because of its soils and its access to water.
The soils of the vineyard range from sandy to light clay loams over a cracking clay loam. These soils have proven to be suitable to the varieties that are grown at the vineyard. The irrigation water comes from the Belubula River which winds its way through the Canowindra town and the Central Ranges.
The vineyard has expanded further throughout the years with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Each year selected parcels of grapes are made under the Swinging Bridge label.
Swinging Bridge Wines has expanded its range over the years and now includes wines from the cool climate region of Orange.