WHEN Jenny Houghton acquired an eight-hectare property at Longwood East, Victoria, in 1994, she wanted to find out more about the Victorian Cross (VC) recipient Leslie Cecil Maygar after whom the hill at the side of the vineyard was named.
Some 20 years later she continues to marvel at the acts of valour, gallantry and courage that saw him distinguished in both the Boer War and World War I.
She has spent time trawling digital archives (including Mr Maygar's hand-written letters, biographies and other books) and speaking to people in the region whose families have passed down stories of his deeds.
"We've done a lot of research but it's been an absolute pleasure," Ms Houghton said.
When it came to naming the winery, she wanted to pay tribute to Leslie Cecil Maygar and help to ensure that more people knew about him.
"I was looking for a name and loved the qualities of Maygar; he was bold and strong and people respected and truly loved him.
"He represented Australian bravery and loyalty to go off and defend his country."
To honour Maygar and the Euroa district's two other VC recipients, Frederick Harold Tubb and Alexander Stewart Burton, Ms Houghton has made a limited vintage commemorating the heroes, with the profits going to the RSL Poppy Appeal.
She also holds an annual dinner to pay tribute to Maygar and invites someone with similar strength of character and bravery to speak.