Bob's father immigrates to Australia, marries and continues to encourage his sons into playing bagpipes.
Bob and his brother Don played in St Mary's Pipe Band and won the Australian Pipe Band Championships for piping
Bob and Maryanne purchased the 16 hectare property on DeBeyers Road in March 1985. Later that year in November the couple marry in Newcastle.
Bob and Maryanne first attempt to work with the old vineyard established by the Tulloch family. Eventually the decision was made to re- establish the vineyard by sourcing rootling's from the state nursery in Mildura. These rootlings where used to plant Semillon and Chardonnay in Block 1, 2 and 4.
An onsite nursery was established by the family. Rootlings in the nursery were used to plant Block 3 that we propogated for Semillon.
The famous McLeish Semillon is bottled for the first time.
Cellar door opens to the public
McLeish Wines first start to appear under own label. Previously a large portion of fruit was sold to companies such as Brokenwood.
The 'Jessica's' Botrytis Semillon is launched.
Semillon 1998 wins first trophy at the NSW Small Winemakers Show - Best Dry White Wine of Show
Wine Partners Club is established
Jessica joins the family business at 18 years of age.
The Dwyer Rosé is launched.
McLeish Semillon awarded the Trophy for World's Best Semillon at the London International Wine Challenge.
Sydney International Wine Show BEST WINE OF COMPETITION - Joy Lake Memorial Champion Trophy BEST WHITE WINE OF COMPETITION - The Wine Society Perpetual Trophy. BEST LIGHTER BODIED WHITE TABLE WINE - Ernie Hunter Memorial Trophy
Bob McLeish awarded Excellence in Agriculture - Parade of Champions from the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW.
Macquarie Bank Sydney Royal Wine Show - BEST AGED WHITE WINE, BEST SINGLE VINEYARD WINE, BEST SMALL PRODUCER WINE AND BEST NSW WINE.
McLeish Estate Wines celebrates 30 years in the Hunter Valley.
Trophy for World's Best Semillon at the London International Wine Challenge for the third time.
Renovations to the old cellar door and the opening wine partners tasting room.