In the cold, wintery July of 2014, two crazy kids went on a holiday to Hawaii where they fell in love with the weather and tropical lifestyle. Arriving back in Perth a month later, a little seed was planted..."Perhaps there is something more to life than working behind a desk...?" they thought. After looking online, they saw a property for sale in Childers, Queensland. "I wonder what's wrong with it!?" they laughed. "Let's go check it out". Two days later, their plane tickets were booked and they were on their way.They fell in love. Sure, it was a little rough around the edges, but with a bit of TLC this little winery and orchard could be turned into something amazing. After a little smooth talking, they managed to convince their families it was a great idea and put in an offer. It was accepted. These two crazy kids were now winery owners.
They decided to rename the winery "Ohana Winery and Exotic Fruits". Ohana is the Hawaiian word for 'friends and family' - a fitting tribute to the friends and family that helped make their dream come true.
After three and a half beautiful years enjoying their tropical paradise, Josh and Zoe felt it was time to take the next exciting step to grow their business. It had been a whirlwind few years of developing their unique hand-crafted ciders, wines, ports & liqueurs and they felt ready for the next crazy chapter...to open Queensland’s first and only dedicated Cider House! With some careful thought (and a few sleepless nights!) they decided that Bundaberg was the perfect location. Not only did they have an established fan base of Bundy locals, but they felt that it was fast becoming the drinks capital of Australia - Rum, Gin, Beer, Soft Drinks...and now Cider! A friend suggested the recently vacated ‘Schmeider’s Cooperage’ building, and in true Josh and Zoe style they instantly fell in love with the place, and quickly set the plan in motion. After a few weeks of relocating tanks, setting up taps, moving furniture, bottling cider (and sharing a few drinks with their new landlords), Ohana Cider House and Tropical Winery opened in August 2018.
Since opening in April 2015, Josh and Zoe have worked tirelessly to create a boutique range of tropical fruit wines and unique liqueurs to share with visitors at the Cellar Door. All the fruit wines are made with 100% fresh fruit that is either grown in the Ohana orchard or by local farmers. Josh the winemaker, strives to produce high quality fruit wines that are well balanced and complex, without high levels of sweetness that people have come to expect with fruit wines. In the first year of production, the winery collected seven medals in it's debut competition at the 2016 Perth Royal Show Commercial Fruit Wine Competition . It is Josh and Zoe's passion to create unique flavours and experiences for their guests, making Ohana Winery a must-see stop in the Southern Great Barrier Reef region.
Josh and Zoe
Ohana in the News
'Young couple open Ohana Winery in Childers after global trip' - 15/4/15.
'WA couple make Queensland Winery tree-change' - 20/8/15.
'Bundaberg and 1770 Half Hour' - Queensland Weekender, 26/9/15 (we start at about 12 minutes in!)
'Couple makes winning wine with weird fruit' - 27/9/16
'Cheers to Winning' - 29/9/16