Our Story

Steeped in tradition, six generations of the Downie family have taken their hand to tend the fleece at Glenelg Estate, in Tasmania’s upper Derwent Valley. Granted an initial 1000 acres by Governor William Sorell in 1822, solicitor and forefather Andrew Downie established the first merino flock after emigrating from Stirling, Scotland. Today, the original sandstone homestead is the centerpiece of a progressive farming enterprise where tradition and generational knowledge are blended with cutting edge technology to produce a premium and ultra fine merino fleece.

Fine Merino

A refined and balanced blend. Purposefully bred to suit high-end garment production, Glenelg Estate’s ultra fine merino fleece is matured in Tasmania’s pure and natural landscape applying meticulous flock management and genetics to generate world-class fibres. Producing approximately 60,000 kilograms per annum, our wool is sourced by fashion houses across the globe, with a growing reputation for fleece structure and quality.


Tasmania’s pristine and rugged environment provides the optimal natural setting to raise and mature our ultra fine fleece. Ideally suited to local terrain and climate, merino bloodlines are well adapted to create minimal impact on the environment ensuring a sustainable and ethical approach. At Glenelg Estate, we are committed to land management and conservation with more than 3,000 hectares of native forest protection to complement grazing pasture.


Glenelg Estate is located in the Upper Derwent Valley in Tasmania, Australia. Charles and Sally Downie currently own and oversee farm operations with parents Andrew and Christine.

Enquiries regarding wool sales and production are welcome.

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Glenelg Estate

Glenelg Estate

4281 Lyell Highway

Gretna Tasmania Australia 7140

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