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23 October, 2020

Murdering Point Winery – Exotic Fruit Wines in the Cassowary Coast

Set amongst fertile cane fields and lush tropical rainforests of North Queensland, Murdering Point Winery offers a range of high-quality red and white fruit wines, ports, liqueurs and creams that are uniquely Australian and deliver an exciting and stimulating tropical taste experience.

By Peter McCullagh

Set amongst fertile cane fields and lush tropical rainforests of North Queensland, Murdering Point Winery offers a range of high-quality red and white fruit wines, ports, liqueurs and creams that are uniquely Australian and deliver an exciting and stimulating tropical taste experience.

Interesting name for a winery, even more interesting is the history behind the name.

The name Murdering Point originates from a shipwreck on inshore King Reef, a few hundred metres from the coast of Kurrimine Beach in 1878,

‘The Golden Era’ the gold rush days of Northern Australia. King Reef was the undoing of a number of sailing ships that foolishly tried to use a difficult passage through the reef to the beach.

The ship, the ‘Riser’, sailing north and having stopped at Cardwell, ran aground on the King Reef and was broken up by heavy seas.

The shipwrecked victims gathered scant provisions and came ashore in the ship’s dingy, landing on a sandy point at the northern end of Kurrimine Beach. They made a temporary camp for the night but that evening they were attacked, murdered and dragged by the local aboriginals into the nearby sand dunes to be partially eaten.

Some weeks later, after reports of a shipwreck on King Reef, the local constabulary from Cardwell arrived to investigate and found the remains of the bodies of the shipwrecked sailors and the signs of an aboriginal camp.

The investigating party, tracked down the group involved, and is attributed with naming the coastal protrusion, Murdering Point.

The winery was founded by the Berryman family in 2001, and has rapidly gained a reputation for the quality of its wines and the innovative use of a wide range of exotic tropical fruits, particularly in making wines using Australian native tropical fruit, Davidson Plum.

The Berryman family has farmed sugarcane in the Silkwood region for over 60 years and winemaker William Berryman, carries on a family tradition of fruit wine production.

The Berryman’s have taken great pride in the quality of their wines and decided to share this with the world by opening of a full commercial winery on their property in 2003.

The winery built in order to provide quality wines to the local market and North Queensland’s burgeoning tourism market. The raw materials, sugar cane and tropical fruits, come directly from the farm and from suppliers within the district.

Their vision was to provide a unique wine and tourism experience combining tastings of Bush Tucker and tropical fruit wines and ports, with the region’s history, culture and agricultural background.

This unique winery has rapidly become a leader in the use of a wide range of tropical fruits in the production of quality dry, sweet and fortified wines. The winery offers wines, ports, liqueurs and creams made from mango, passionfruit, lychee, Davidson Plum, jaboticaba, mulberry, pineapple, black sapote, vanilla, coffee, banana, chocolate and peppermint with special ingredients including ginseng and ginger.

Visitors can find out more from their their website: www.murderingpointwinery.com.au or the cellar door is open 7 days from 9:30 am – 5pm.

Murdering Point Winery. Canecutters Way, Silkwood East, about 90 minutes’ drive south of Cairns.


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