Riversdale Estate is located in the basin of the Coal River Valley. Riversdale is the only vineyard to front Pittwater which is a main component of the micro-climate at Riversdale. As a result from being adjacent to Pittwater, at some point in time the property was underwater, causing many differing soil profiles, nutrient deposits & mineral trace elements around the property. Examples of this include seabed rocks & stone discovered 1km from the water at depths of 1-2 metres. In 1980. Riversdale was purchased by 26-year-old Ian Roberts who required large scale acreage from which to run his world class Angora Stud programs. Ian was an ambitious young man with a keen mind in search for land with a great potential for evolution. Ian purchased Riversdale during a drought for a district record and it has since been only one of three properties sold in the area for 75 years. Ian’s Angora Stud program reached international acclaim with his various mohair fleeces fetching international records in quality and value. Ian’s Angora stud also developed locally and internationally with stock also breaking records for value and quality. In 1991, the first vineyards on Riversdale were planted along with a large olive grove. These vineyards were some of the first in the valley and it was then that the unique micro-climates were subsequently discovered. Since 1991, 40 hectares have been selectively planted in various areas on the property by Ian, Wendy & their three sons Christiaan, Anton & Rainier.