Ray-Monde Deux is the next generation of Ray-Monde “Lakey” farmers. The Lakey family farm in Gisborne South was established by Patrick Lakey on his return from the Second World War. He named his land after a mate who didn’t make it. In 1950 he married Rubina Flynn and together they raised a large farm family and developed a successful mixed farm. The second is carrying forth their knowledge and expertise into Ray-Monde Deux.
Ray-Monde Deux was created with a mission to generate quality farm products, employing environmentally sound farming practices and targeting a niche market that is interested in knowing about the origins of their food and ensuring that it is all free range and well cared for: Happy, healthy and humane!
Raymond Farm Crew. John Lakey is a modern-day farmer possessing a myriad of skills: oenology, viticulture, horticulture, and animal husbandry: “A very handy man”! He is an advocate for sustainable agriculture and has had the opportunity at the Bacchus Marsh farm to employ many of these principles in the Grow West re-vegetation project. Tristia Lakey is the business operations manager for Ray-Monde Deux and when she isn’t managing business she is getting her hands dirty rearing and caring for for the livestock which has meant Ray-Monde Deux has had minimal stock illnesses.
More about our Winemaker. John came late to the wine industry. Growing up on a mixed farm gave him the skills of working with livestock and operating machinery to carry out everyday farm tasks. In 1988 John’s family decided that intensive agriculture was a wise investment and after much research the family decided to plant a vineyard. John took on the project with customary zeal that saw him enrol in the Wine Science Bachelor of Applied Science at Charles Sturt University. John went on to complete degrees in Wine Science and also Viticulture.
John has worked widely around the Macedon Ranges and Yarra Valley, including stints at Virgin Hills, Rochford Estate and Tarra Warra. John has completed many vintages with The Green Vineyards and Carlei Estate. As well as vintages with Mildara Blass In the Coonawarra and Hardy BRL at Padthaway, he has worked with Orlando at Rowland Flat and cut his teeth with Redgum Estate at Lyndoch.
Overseas John worked vintage at Chateau De Chambolle Musigny with Frederich Mugnier, worked as a flying wine maker in Spain, France and Italy including Sicily.
He has worked with a diverse range of grape varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Bastardo, Mataro, Shiraz, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Frontignac or Muscat de Petite Grain for fortified white port.
His experience in Europe is with typically similar varieties to the above and also includes Catarratto, Grillo, Nero D’Avola in Sicily, Grenache Gris, Vermentino, Roussanne in France and Tempranillo in Spain.
Back at Sunbury in Victoria John has worked exclusively with Pinot Noir. Ray-Monde’s vines are 25 years old and really struggle on the unforgiving site. This controls the natural vigour that the clone and Pinot Noir are famous for.
The farms. Ingliston Farm – Ironbark Rd
The farm at Ingliston (between Ballan and Bacchus Marsh) has been a project in the making. Over-grazed by rabbits, it has seen more than its fair share of invasive pests and plants. We have embarked upon a re-vegetation and pest elimination project in collaboration with Grow West and Melbourne Water. We have planted over 20000 trees, direct seeded 50 acres and put over 80 acres of grazing country back to native vegetation.
Gisborne South/Sunbury Farm – Dalrymple Rd
The Gisborne South (near Sunbury) farm has also had its challenges but of a different nature. In 2014 80% of the farm was burnt out with the fires that went through Riddles Creek, Mickelham, and Darraweit Guim. Twenty kilometers of fences needed replacement. Over 3 tonne of scrap metal from the fire damaged fencing was sent off for recycling!