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Golden Drop Winery is a family owned and operated business of Charles Nastasi and wife Lucy, together with their sons, Sam and wife Jackie, Dino and wife Maria, daughter Grace, and sister Lena. The property was originally a viable tobacco farm in the 1970’s, but with the looming demise of the tobacco industry Charles decided to diversify from tobacco and planted his first 3,600 mango trees in 1975. Over the past 25 years his plantation has grown to have in excess of 17,500 trees, making it now one of the largest mango plantation in Australia.
Once again, Charles’s chosen industry began to show signs of instability and he chose to diversify into an area that many people had deemed impossible – to produce a commercially viable wine from mangoes. The seemingly simple task of making wine from mangoes is technically very different from producing grape wines and required a great deal of research and development. Charles set his sights on developing a product for the untouched niche market of Mango wine.
In 1992 Charles and his two sons, Sam and Dino had commenced researching wine making and established a winery on their Biboohra property. His vision was to service the boutique sector of the wine market, and with tourism on the rise in Tropical North Queensland, he also saw an opportunity to value-add to this industry and contribute towards the visitor experience of the region by making the winery a tourist attraction in its own right. Having finally successfully mastering the technique of making wine from mangoes, Golden Drop Winery successfully launched their first commercial wines – a Dry, a Medium, and a Sweet wine – in early 1999. At that time the winery was the first commercial Mango Winery in the world.
Locals and tourists from all over the world now visit the Winery every day for the unique experience of visiting a working mango plantation, and to sample our lovely refreshing tropical Mango Wines, together with Citrus Cellos, Mango Port, and Golden Mango liqueur style wine. “Our aims were to produce a commercially viable wine from mangoes, and to develop a unique 100% solely owned and operated Australian tourism attraction – we have succeeded!!”, Charles Nastasi stated. Our uniqueness and location is also reflected in the colours of our packaging – selected specifically to reflect the colours of the Australian outback and the North Australian savannah.
Our product is 100% Australian and we are justifiably proud that it is a product that we have pioneered, and that we produce from our very own Australian Kensington Red Mangoes.