Tony Moody's great-grandfather started a chain of retail shops in Merseyside, England, under the banner Moody's Wines. The business ultimately sold in 1965 to a brewery seeking to minimise competition. Tony planted 1ha of shiraz ‘in a promising sheep paddock' in 2000, and has subsequently added 1ha of sauvignon blanc. Moody's is in the east of the Orange region, with lighter rainfall than the west, the soils clay rather than red earth. -JAMES HALLIDAY
Moody's cellar door is open on weekends, and is in the Emu Swamp terroir east of Orange, where the climate is of more extreme temperatures, less rain, and the soil is clay. Hillier than the other parts of the Orange region, and capable of producing excellent fruit. This has been proven, with neighbours Mayfield gaining awards for their Riesling, and Moody's coming out top for Sauvignon Blanc in 2012 and Shiraz in 2013, and judged the best red, in the Orange Wine Show '13.
Moody's vineyard is the smallest in Orange, but worth a visit.