Andrew, Phillip and Stephen
Andrew, Phillip and Stephen Jones grew up on the family property in Kurrajong Heights. From an early age the boys were involved in various farming ventures including managing the family farm and orchard as well as running market stalls across Sydney selling eggs and chickens. They pride themselves to this day on growing quality produce and supplying to well known Australian businesses including ‘Aussie Farmer’s Direct’, ‘IGA’ and ‘Establishment 218’.
In 1992, Jones Bros. Family Farm was founded. Soon after, the boys leased their first egg farm. From there, they have gone on to produce and supply eggs to greater Sydney and beyond.
In 2009 they purchased ‘Monument Vineyard’, giving them the unique opportunity to further their interest and love of wine while expanding their egg business at the same time. Today the property boasts not only a 250-acre vineyard, but also a state-of- the-art cage free poultry farm and over 100 head of cattle.
Danielle, Shirley and Sophie
These three dynamic and enthusiastic women can be found helping out when needed with the daily running of ‘Monument Vineyard’ as well as promoting the wine at various festivals, shows and markets throughout the year.
Danielle has been working in the office for Jones Brothers since it’s inception and is looking forward to extending her repertoire into wine sales. Shirley is exploring the possibilities of promoting our wine to Asia and beyond. Sophie is a primary school teacher and, whilst on maternity leave, is enjoying taking on the challenge of the marketing and PR role at ‘Monument Vineyard’.
The Jones family is excited about their new venture into wine and look forward to extending their skills of sales and business into the field of vineyard management and wine production.
Chris Derrez and Lucy Maddox- Wine Makers
Chris Derrez and Lucy Maddox are a tenacious duo when it comes to wine making. Rain, hail or shine, one can find them at their winery in Cargo, NSW tending to the many barrels of wine in their care, each one personally seen to and monitored throughout the whole process from the crushing of the grapes to the finished bottle. It is no wonder they are responsible for making such a large proportion of the wine that comes from the Orange Region.
Together they run Madrez Wine Services, which was established in 2002, and combine old world traditions with new world techniques and equipment to craft wines of quality and regional expression. They pride themselves on their organic certification.
Chris was born in Gevrey-Chambertin,in the Côte d'Or, the heart of France's Burgundy region and home to the world's great Pinot Noir. Growing up on the family vineyard estate sparked his curiosity in the winemaking process and for as long back as he cares to remember he was “always interested in wine”. Here he gained the practical experience that enabled him to travel the world extensively learning new techniques and gathering advice as he observed wineries and techniques in thirteen different countries.
It was on one such trip he met Lucy in Western Australia and there the romance began. Chemist and oenologist, Lucy studied at the Roseworthy Wine School and worked for three years at Brown Brothers as their chief port maker. For Lucy, Chris the fascinating Frenchman was “far too interesting a character not to follow” and that she did, first to Tunisia and then to Switzerland working in wineries as they went, before settling in Orange NSW.
With only twelve tanks and an old corrugated iron shed, Chris and Lucy began their dream of running their own winery and bottling plant.
Today, we are proud to have such knowledge and skill as part of our team.
“We do wine because we love it” Chris Derrez…and we, at Monument Vineyard concur.