Treasure Hunting in Mudgee – The Logans

by Jenny Butler
Tuesday 8th March 2011

Today we visit Briar‘s sister and brother-in-law’s winery, Logan Wines. Peter and Hannah have so kindly offered to give away a mixed dozen of their wine to one lucky Design Files reader.  All you need to do is leave a comment and let Briar know your favourite shop of all time!  Huge thanks to Logan Wines for their great prize! – Jenny x

As Lucy mentioned yesterday, one of the reasons I have spent the past 7 years visiting the region of Mudgee is because my brother-in-law Peter and my sister Hannah own Logan Wines. The Logan cellar door and their home is at Apple Tree Flat, which is about twenty minutes from town.

The view I never get tired of from the Logan cellar door as seen above.

The Logan geese will greet you on arrival.

I had to snap a photo of my favourite wine, Hannah Rosé – love the taste, love the label. Pete made the wine for my sister on their wedding day (what a sweetie). I also couldn’t leave out a photo of Sophie, the Logan dalmation. I think she’s the most glamorous dog you will ever find on a farm.

The Logan range of wines.  I’m pretty sure I have tried all the varieties.  Yes, that’s a lot of wine.

My sister’s collection of succulents – much like mine.

Gumboots are a must to look the part exploring the surrounds of the Logan home.

Hannah is a collector too, and I love that every time I visit there is something new (but often vintage) to check out.

Here is the exciting part…as some of you already know, Hannah and Peter have given me one mixed dozen of their beautiful wines to give away to a reader. All you have to do is leave a comment between now and Thursday this week!  I wouldn’t mind learning something from your comments, so please let me know your favourite shop of all time.  It doesn’t matter what city you are in, or what it is the shop sells. We will pick a comment at random and a case of Logan Wine will be delivered to the winner’s door.  Check back in, as we’ll announce the winner on Friday.

Briar x

by Jenny Butler
Tuesday 8th March 2011


  • Alisa 6 years ago

    I’m not a seasoned traveller however my favourite shopping experience was at an amazing place called Peppergreen in Berrima. It was such a feast for the eyes! x

  • Amanda R 6 years ago

    I actually have to favour stores, firstly Liberty of London, just amazing collection of new and old things and secondly Selfridges also an amazing collection of everything.

  • Ann 6 years ago

    My favorite shop is Amitie Textiles in Centre Rd, Bentleigh. Its full of beautiful material for patchworkers and gorgeous quilts.

  • mark 6 years ago

    that is a really nice setting for a winery/cellar door. nice details.
    my favourite store is this fantastic little boutique in amsterdam – juffrouw splinter curiosa. just fantastic old and restored homewares and furniture.

  • Michelle 6 years ago

    my favorite shop is Rouge in Paris… not really noticeable from the dull exterior – but inside is a great selection of restored vintage Parisian furniture!

  • Erin 6 years ago

    My favourite store is a little closer to home,…… Southern Furniture Bizzare in Inverloch, Victoria. Beautifully restored mid century furniture and other treasures! (Shhhhhhh, dont tell anyone though!)

  • Kitty 6 years ago

    I love Zakkaya in Johnston st Fitzroy. Such a cute mix of quirky & beautiful, it always reminds me of my trips to Japan. The store owners are the sweetest too, look for the wooden daschund near the register.
    Logan winery looks just stunning & I’ve seen their labels about the traps too, beautiful.

  • julie b 6 years ago

    the shop i get lost in is the lost and found on smith st in melbourne.

  • jessie 6 years ago

    I found two amazing stores when I visited Portland, Oregon – Tender Loving Empire and Radish Underground. Both had amazing designers and really creative and electic mix of local wares.
    And in Melbourne my have store is Orlando and Ivy in North Melbourne – full of swoon worthy objects!

    And your sisters winery looks gorgeous!

  • Lil 6 years ago

    Okay, I love this challenge, now having no recent OS travel experiences I’ll stick to home grown in Melbourne. Firsly for poking around for emphemera and second hand collectable homewares Chapel Street Bazaar on Chapel Street. For more up-to-date Designer styled accessories and homewares and also an adjacent children’s shop you must visit Lulu & Little Lulu, 322a Carlisle St Balaclava. http://lulu-store.blogspot.com/…can always find something to love and gift to friends.

  • Tracy 6 years ago

    My favourite shop is Scout in St Kilda Melbourne. They stock a mix of vintage and new beautiful things. Where did you sister get the twig side table.

  • Hannah 6 years ago

    I love Art Gallery gift shops! The ones at both the NGV sites in Melbourne are so great that I often spend more time in them than in the exhibitions, Eek! I probably shouldn’t tell people that!

  • Donna Quirke 6 years ago

    Wow these pictures make me want to pack my car and head west for a holiday – what a glorious spot.

    Even though I’m a Sydney girl my favourite shop in the whole world is Chapel Street Bazaar in Melbourne. It has been my second hand “go to” place for over ten years and a trip to melbourne is not complete without dropping by and finding a pre loved and never overpriced gem for my beautiful home.

  • Christy 6 years ago

    Logan Wines looks beautiful. I can almost taste that Rose.

    My fave shops would be Nook Vintage on Johnston St in Fitzroy, the Smith St Bazaar on Smith St in Fitzroy and Kabinett in Kyneton. Oh, and Sharp’s Bazaar in Inglewood (country Vic), it’s such a goldmine!

  • Ashley 6 years ago

    Planet in Surry Hills in Sydney is my favourite store – beautiful furniture, but I keep coming back for the amazing ceramics and textiles….

    Great Guest blog!

  • Elise 6 years ago

    WOW this is tough…I would have to say David Met Nicole in Surry Hills. I found the vintage printer type blocks that are now the logo for my business!

    Love Mudgee and love Logan Wines – I have been to their cellar door and I just wanted to stay, curl up in front of the fire and drink wine.

  • cathy gallagher 6 years ago

    I’ve always loved going back to orson and blake in woolhara. I have recently discovered neck of the woods in manly which is a lovely little quirky store. When i was US last year I really enjoyed visitng Anthroplogie ; each store’s visual displays are quite unique.

  • Emma Lacey 6 years ago

    Favourite store of all time would be any of David Bromley’s A Day On Earth stores (eg Shed 4 in Daylesford is amazing, the stores that used to be on Chapel Street, Prahran & High Street, Armadale) and also Bromley Arcade… love them all!

  • Bronwyn 6 years ago

    My favourite place to shop is armchair in Crows Nest in Sydney. Beautiful vintage furniture, recovered in modern fabrics, and other gorgeous accesories for the home.

  • Penelope 6 years ago

    My favourite shop in Melbourne is Metropolis Bookstore in Curtain House- I always go in with one book in mind, and come out with a few extra design books I never knew I needed or wanted. They have the best collection of inspiring design books, including the cutest kids books in town, and they dont seem to mind when I spend an hour in there browsing!
    Pen x

  • Shelly 6 years ago

    I love the wine labels of Logan.

    My favourite shop? Where do I stop there are too many so please forgive me. I love Koskela in Sydney, Hub – Sydney and Melbourne, Industria in Melbourne, Mark Tuckey furniture, Corporate Culture and The Cool Room in Balaclava. Also Greville Street in Prahran has some great places even just for window shopping.

  • Katie Frederick 6 years ago

    I love Blackheart & Sparrow wine purveyors in North Fitzroy for their fabulous monthly wine bundles and Signed and Numbered in Greville Street for affordable (and exciting) prints by local artists.

  • ruth hickson 6 years ago

    The Dust Jacket bookshop in Inverell NSW, could spend days in there!

  • Rachel 6 years ago

    It’s already out there but Liberty of London is the best shop in the world. I can’t quite express how much I love it. When I lived in London I could spend hours walking around each floor of the beautiful tudor building. Apart from the building itself it has everything from beautiful jewellery, awesome shoes, gorgeous stationary, candles, cosmetics, clothes, homewares and my favourite; the haberdashery. Their cardholder nights rocked – walking around the store with a wine and friends makes up some of my favourite memories. LOVE LOVE LOVE that shop!!!

    (Melbourne is great too – Craft Victoria is always worth visiting)

  • Margie 6 years ago

    hmmm tough call. But being a broke renovating home-owner at the moment, I’d have to say Helensburgh Salvos is my one-stop-shop…
    Mudgee looks like somewhere that could even tempt me away from the South Coast!

  • Amber 6 years ago

    Beautiful details, love the long driveway, the vines and the gorgeous treasures in your sister’s special place. For a bit of retail therapy outside Melbourne, Jackson’s Junk yard amey’s track foster…it doesn’t look like much, but there are loads of shipping containers full of furniture..and then a few sheds full of vintage finds, Maria (owner) is a character and I have found some of my favorite items here. On the way back to melbourne is the koonwarra store – excellent up cycled items, great artwork and good furniture, all really well priced…plus you can stop for coffee and cake..win/win! In melbourne, I do love safari and fenton & fenton both in high street prahran.

  • suzanne 6 years ago

    My favourite shop would have to be Douglas & Bec in Auckland NZ. Everything they sell is beautiful, simple and timeless. Perfect!

  • Nadine 6 years ago

    I am one of the lucky ones who has been to Logan Wines and spent time in Mudgee and on the vineyards – yes, it was tough! I love any store that needs a bit of a rummage and time passes by unawares. My favourite store would have to be Love + Clutter in Hobart, haven’t been for a while but has always been inspiring.

  • julie 6 years ago

    Just one store, that is hard. I almost hyperventilate when in a Dinosaur Designs store (which is rare as I live in qld) so I guess that is a good sign. I love all the colour!

  • sal boucher 6 years ago

    LOVE Logan wines. My favourites store in San Francisco called Paxton Gate – a cabnite of curiosities, flora, taxidermy and curio on Valencia St. Well done on the guest blog!

  • Kate B. 6 years ago

    I’m tempted by a trip to Mudgee myself now!
    I have a toss up between two shops, Liberty in London and Goulds bookstore in Newtown.
    My idea of heaven would be that these two shops would have a lovechild and it would live in Lilyfield.

  • Steph 6 years ago

    Mediterranean Wholesalers in Brunswick. For the cheese!

  • Michelle 6 years ago

    Not sure if this counts but I do love the Clifton Hill Post Office. Nothing better than finding a ‘Package Awaiting Pick-Up’ slip and heading there to see what exciting things have arrived!

  • Kellie 6 years ago

    I want the wine! But as to favourite store I’m totally stumped. I’ve had to mull it over, ferment it, so to speak (sorry BAD bad pun), until the last day of this competition. Um …. and I’m still thinking. I do love David Met Nicole too (but someone already mentioned that), so perhaps seeing as clothes is more my thing I’ll have to say The Corner Shop. I don’t love everything in there all the time, but there is always something I’d buy. And the jewellery is pretty fabulous. Not that I shop anymore (how sad). Anyway, there it is. Love Kellie xx ps lovely photos Briar.

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