Damien begins to establish vineyards to alternative varieties, with the first planting of Tempranillo on the Gnadenfrei Property in 1998. He continues to introduce and plant emerging varieties such as Graciano, Montepulciano and Albarino. In addition Damien establishes vineyard to the classic varieties of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mataro and Grenache on the Stonewell property.