Romancing the Vines
Sadly Susan passed away in 2014 after a long battle with breast cancer. In 2016 Ken asked Swanes Nurseries to create a rose to commemorate her life. The Susan Cooper rose is featured on the Home Page. The Cooper Family donate $10 for every Susan Cooper rose sold to the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University in Canberra.
Interestingly, roses share a genus relationship with grapes and are equally vulnerable to phylloxera aphids that once decimated vineyards worldwide. However, the discovery of a naturally resilient rootstock, which was later grafted to other vines, allowed vineyards to once more survive and thrive.
The romance of Rotherwood did likewise and once more worked its magic, and in 2019 Ken married Katrina Hill, who had her own vineyard in the Southern Highlands. Katrina brought light and laughter back to Rotherwood. We are fortunate indeed that we can call this wonderful, romantic property Home.