Douglas Vale Historic Homestead & Vineyard.

Historic Douglas Vale dates back to 1859 when vigneron, George Francis, bought two parcels of land totalling 20 acres on what was then the New England Road. He had prospected enough gold at Major’s Creek diggings near Braidwood to buy the property, build the cottage for his family and start the vineyard with Black Isabella cuttings believed to have come from the vineyard of Major Innes’ property at Lake Innes. He had worked for Major Innes for three years, planting his vineyard, before going gold prospecting. The Black Isabella grapes were imported from America.