The first member of the Fogarty family to emigrate from Ireland arrived in Tasmania in the mid-1800s. Six generations later, the Fogarty family has returned to its Tasmanian roots with the purchase of the historical Lowestoft homestead and adjoining vineyard near Hobart – overlooking David Walsh’s Mona museum and Moorilla Winery and Lowestoft Bay on the Derwent River.
Lowestoft was built circa 1850 on land acquired by Thomas Lowes in 1830. He arrived in Hobart from England as a free settler on the ship Thalia in 1823 and planned to establish the first distillery but on arrival found others were already in production. However, Lowes went on to erect a distillery and malt house and also became a politician and had connections in banking, horse racing and cricket. He was known to entertain and hold large events at the Lowestoft homestead.
Lowes was one of the first to plant vines in or near Hobart and in 1848 won the first gold medal at the Hobart Horticultural Society Show for a wine he produced near Lowestoft.
The Lowestoft name
The Lowestoft name was then chosen as the brand for our luxury Tasmanian wines in recognition of Thomas Lowes, his magnificent homestead which he named Lowestoft and the site overlooking Lowestoft Bay. The crest on the label, which forms part of the brand, is derived from the original Fogarty family crest which dates back to early Irish history and one of the Kings of Ireland (O’Fogarty, King of Ely, County Tipperary, 1072). The crest acknowledges our first forebearer to arrive in Australia, Patrick John Fogarty, in the mid-1800s, who is buried in Strahan, Tasmania.