In the wake of the tragic coronavirus outbreak in Australia, the nation’s best-known winemaker has announced that she is retiring from her work.
The house of Sunny and her husband, Tim, are closing down in Canberra after the Australian Government announced plans to shut down their Adelaide-based winery, after a two-year hiatus.
Sunny will continue to work on the company’s flagship project, Sunny Wine, but she said she was no longer interested in doing so.
“I’m no longer working on Sunny Wine,” she told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“The reason I am no longer involved in that is I’ve had a really tough year.
I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family.”
The decision comes after Australia experienced a surge in the number of coronaviruses in 2016 and the number is expected to reach 100,000 by mid-2019.
Sunny has already closed the Adelaide winery for the next three years and said she would focus on other family-run businesses in the region.
“We are going to focus on the rest of the Australian vineyards and that is the only thing we can do,” she said.
Tim said he was surprised by the decision, but was happy with the outcome.
“It was a hard decision for me because I have always said I want to do something that will last,” he said.
“For me it’s about family.
It’s about the family and I think the whole family is a big part of the winery.”
The winery opened in 1997 and has produced more than 10,000 wines since its opening.
Sunny said the decision to close the wineries was one of the toughest she had ever had to make.
“As I look at it now, it is one of my toughest decisions I’ve ever had in my life,” she explained.
“But I’m really happy about it.”
Everyone here is so proud of Sunny.
They’re all so happy about her and they all know that she’s an outstanding winemaker.
“The people who are really supporting her and supporting the winemakers here are so proud.
They are so happy and they love her.”Read more: