family2 The family has been in farming for many generations. In 1804 Samuel Marsden induced three of his friends from Scotland - one Robert Smith, Lance's ancestor - to come out to Australia to care for his sheep. Robert arrived in 1804, eventually taking up residence west of the Blue Mountains at Trunkey Creek where he owned all of the land between Bathurst and the Abercrombie River.

Lance grew up on the land and became involved in the meat game as a young man and has remained for forty seven years. Lance married Gwen Collins and together they raised two daughters, Vicki and Michelle. They moved to Mudgee in 1972 and continued in the meat wholesaling business.


In 1988 Lance and Gwen moved out of town to the block of land on which now stands Farmer's Daughter Winery, named for Vicki and Michelle. They planted grapes for sale as a preparation for semi-retirement, the first plantings in 1995-1996. The 1997 harvest returned a small vintage of chardonnay which was made up as a trial. For the next two years the family worked towards establishing a label and building a cellar door in preparation for a 1998-1999 vintage. The cellar door opened in September 2000 and 'semi-retirement' has now become a ten-day-a-week business!

Lance and Gwen were rewarded for their efforts with awards for their wine, commencing with "Most Outstanding Wine at Show" for their 1999 Shiraz and Trophy for their 2000 Reserve Semillon, Mudgee Wine Show 2001. There have been many awards since 2000, including two Gold and two Trophies for their 2003 Merlot, one award at the National Cowra Wine Show and the other at the Small Winemakers Show at Forbes. The 2005 Mudgee Wine Show resulted in Gold for their 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2003 Shiraz. More recently, the consistency of the wines resulted in three Gold and three Trophies at the 2006 Mudgee Wine Show: Gold - 2005 Shiraz; Gold - 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon; Gold, Trophy for Best Shiraz, Trophy for Best Red and Trophy for Most Outstanding Wine at Show - 2005 Reserve Shiraz.