James Stewart Johnston, a member of the Victorian Parliament, and a prominent local businessman, originally planted vines at Craiglee in 1863. Today Craiglee Vineyard is operated by Patrick Carmody and his family. Patrick planted vines on the site of the original vineyard in 1976 and processed the first wine in 1979. The first commercial quantity was released in 1982 with the 1980 Shiraz.
Patrick continues to make wine from the fruit grown at Craiglee, and is assisted by his wife Dianne and sons David and Tom.
Sunbury is located about 40km northwest of Melbourne on the edge of the urban sprawl. The climate is mediterranean, with cool winters and long hot summers.
Rainfall is a little less than the average for Melbourne, and with deep volcanic soils, the situation is ideal for development of intense fruit flavours in the grapes grown here.