I clearly remember the day Carol popped her head over the fence and asked somewhat nervously whether Annie and I had a sec for a chat with her & Jim. We had happily been neighbours for a few years, as well as buying their Shiraz for the formative years of our wine label. Obviously we expected it to be something to do with one of our boys and an Air Rifle or Bow, but we were pleasantly surprised when Carol informed us they’d bought a Coffee Roaster and were about to kick off the new business in their Shed. We got onto discussing the business, including what they were going to call it, I suggested McLaren Vale Coffee Co. they went with Villeré as a nod to Carol’s lineage and off it went. After a few years of the wonderful waft of roasting beans in our life, we packed up and moved to the now Winery and around the same time Villeré found a new home down at Home Grain in McLaren Flat. Things were going well on Chalk Hill Rd, Little Acre Food had settled into the Kitchen, Kangarilla Creamery still had a breath, we’d set up Kindling and Fuse/Loom/5OS were all well established. When we were approached to see if we’d be interested in building a new Home for Villeré, it sounded like a great fit so together we built an amazing new Roastery in amongst the winery, kitchens etc and it stayed that way until Carol and Jim decided it was time to retire and asked us if we’d be interested in taking over? I wouldn’t say we jumped at it, they were pretty big shoes to fill, but here we are, McLaren Vale Coffee Co. gets a seat at the table 10 years on and a new adventure awaits.

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