McKellar Ridge, owned by Brian and Janet Johnston, is a business producing high quality wines from specially selected parcels of Canberra District grapes. The winery was established in 2005 and is located on Point of View Vineyard, 2 Euroka Avenue, Murrumbateman. The winery utilises grapes from mature vines from Point of View and nearby vineyards.
Brian has a B.Agr.Sc from Massey University, a Master of Economics from the University of New England and a PhD from the Australian National University. His first working life was with the CSIRO, the Bureau of Agricultural Economics and the Federal Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, both as a researcher and as an advisor. In 2001-2005 he undertook a Graduate Certificate of Science at Charles Sturt University in wine science, before embarking on a “second career” to build and operate a high quality boutique winery.
Following a career in teaching, Janet joined Brian in the winemaking challenge assisting with the wine making, cellar door operations and marketing. She also has a passion for art and many of her paintings can be seen at the cellar door on the Wall of Watercolours.