Wineries

Wineries to visit: January

20 Jan, 2022

A Barossa Valley showcase, Margaret River highlights, and a smattering of stunning options across the eastern side of the country with wineries in Victoria and New South Wales – check out this month's featured wineries.

New South Wales


Centennial – Southern Highlands, NSW

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Centennial Vineyards, jointly owned by wine professional John Large and Mark Dowling, covers 133ha of beautiful grazing land, with the vineyard planted to pinot noir (7.ha), chardonnay (4.95ha), pinot gris (3.27ha) and smaller amounts of riesling, pinot meunier, albariño, tempranillo, grüner veltliner and gewürztraminer. Centennial purchased the 8.2ha Bridge Creek Vineyard in Orange to meet the challenge of the Southern Highlands’ capricious weather. Exports to the UK, the US, Denmark, Singapore, China and Korea.

5 winery | centennial.net.au | Halliday profile

Gooree Park – Mudgee, NSW

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Gooree Park Wines is part of a group of companies owned by Eduardo Cojuangco, other companies including a thoroughbred horse stud and a pastoral enterprise and vineyards based in Mudgee and Canowindra. Eduardo's interest in all forms of agriculture has resulted in the planting of over 500ha of vines, starting with the Tullamour Vineyard in Mudgee in 1996, Fords Creek in Mudgee in '97, and Mt Lewis Estate at Canowindra in '98.

NR winery | gorreepark.com.au | Halliday profile

Lillypilly Estate – Riverina, NSW

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Botrytised white wines are by far the best offering from Lillypilly, with the Noble Muscat of Alexandria unique to the winery. These wines have both style and intensity of flavour and can age well. Their table wine quality is always steady – a prime example of not fixing what is not broken. Exports to the UK, the US, Canada and China.

4.5 winery | lillypilly.com | Halliday profile

Mistletoe Wines – Hunter Valley, NSW

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Mistletoe Wines, owned by Ken and Gwen Sloan, can trace its history back to 1909, when a vineyard was planted on what was then called Mistletoe Farm before disappearing. The Sloans have long since created a winery business here to stay. All wine is made onsite. Ken and Gwen still live at the winery, both working seven days a week with no intention of retiring. Son Robert is the viticulturist and assistant winemaker, daughter Cassandra runs the cellar door with Gwen and granddaughter Natane. The quality and consistency of these wines is irreproachable, as are the prices. Exports to China.

5 winery | mistletoewines.com.au | Halliday profile


South Australia


Cimicky – Barossa Valley, SA

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The Cimicky property was originally settled in Lyndoch in 1842 by early German pioneers. Karl Cimicky purchased the property in 1970, expanding the vineyards and building the imposing Tuscan-style winery, which he named Karlsburg. When Karl retired in the ’80s, his son Charles Cimicky took over the business. The winery was completely refitted and, despite historically keeping an ultra-low profile, they produced a range of highly acclaimed red wines. In 2018 Charles and Jennie sold the business to the Hermann Thumm Drive Property Partnership. Exports to the US, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Malaysia, Hong Kong and China.

4.5 winery | cimicky.com.au | Halliday profile

Curator Wine Co – Barossa Valley, SA

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This business is owned by Tom and Bridget White, who have made a number of changes in direction over previous years and have now decided to focus on shiraz and cabernet sauvignon from the Barossa Valley, a decision that has been rewarded. The vineyard at Marananga is planted on ancient red soils rich in ironstone and quartzite, and the wines are naturally fermented. Exports to China.

4 winery | curatorwineco.com.au | Halliday profile

Reis Creek – Barossa Valley, SA

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This substantial business is owned by Jim Jin, who arrived in SA to study oenology at the University of Adelaide in 2008. Jim created Reis Creek in 2009, and the nature of the business changed significantly with the purchase of a 65ha vineyard from Leo Pech, 4th-generation of one of the leading grapegrowing families in the Barossa Valley. Exports to China.

3.5 winery | reiswines.com.au | Halliday profile

Virgara Wines – Adelaide Plains, SA

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In 1962 the Virgara family – father Michael, mother Maria and 10 children – migrated to Australia from southern Italy. Through the hard work so typical of many such families, in due course they purchased land (1967) and became market gardeners, acquiring an existing vineyard in Angle Vale in the early ‘90s. The plantings have since been expanded to almost 120ha of shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, grenache, malbec, merlot, riesling, sangiovese, sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio and alicante bouschet. In 2001 the family purchased the former Barossa Valley Estates winery and today the 2nd generation of the Virgara family run the estate, employing ex-Palandri (and before that, Tahbilk) winemaker Tony Carapetis. Exports to the US, Canada, China, Thailand, Malaysia and Japan.

3.5 winery | virgarawines.com.au | Halliday profile


Victoria


Blue Pyrenees – Pyrenees, VIC

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Forty years after Remy Cointreau established Blue Pyrenees Estate (then known as Château Remy), the business was sold to a small group of Sydney businessmen. The core of the business is the very large estate plantings, most decades old, but with newer arrivals, including viognier. Blue Pyrenees has a number of programs designed to protect the environment and reduce its carbon footprint. Blue Pyrenees Estate has been purchased by Glenlofty Wines, forming the largest producer in the Pyrenees. Exports to China, the US, Japan, Canada and Germany.

5 winery | bluepyrenees.com.au | Halliday profile

Delatite – Upper Goulburn, VIC

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With its sweeping views across to the snow-clad alps, this is uncompromising cool-climate viticulture. Increasing vine age (the earlier plantings were between 1968–82, others between ’84–2011) and the adoption of organic (and partial biodynamic) viticulture, have also played a role in providing the red wines with more depth and texture. The white wines are all wild-yeast fermented and are as good as ever. In ’11 Vestey Holdings Limited, the international pastoral giant, acquired a stake in Delatite. Exports to the UK, Japan and China.

4 winery | delatitewinery.com.au | Halliday profile

Indigo Vineyard – Beechworth, VIC

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Indigo Vineyard has a little over 46ha of vineyards planted to 11 varieties, including the top French and Italian grapes. The business was and is primarily directed to growing grapes for sale to Brokenwood, but since 2004 increasing amounts have been vinified for the Indigo label. The somewhat incestuous nature of the whole business sees the Indigo wines being made at Brokenwood (Marc Scalzo makes the Pinot Grigio). Exports to France.

5 winery | indigovineyard.com.au | Halliday profile


Western Australia


Cape Landing – Margaret River, WA

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The current owner, Mark Lewis, purchased the property in 2016 from Cheryl and Larry de Jong, who had established the vineyard in the late 1990’s. For many years the vineyard supplied most of its grapes to other wineries in the area. The vineyard is planted to chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, shiraz and cabernet sauvignon. Exports exclusively to the Cayman Islands, and sells into the domestic market here in Australia. Cellar door is currently in the planning.

4.5 winery | capelanding.com.au | Halliday profile

Riverbank Estate – Swan Valley, WA

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RiverBank Estate was first planted on the fertile banks of the Swan River in 1988 and has grown to encompass 12ha of mature, low-yielding vines (18 varieties), the wines made onsite. The property was purchased by the Lembo family in 2017 and has been rebranded into 3 wine ranges: On The Run, Rebellious and Eric Anthony. RiverBank was named Best Small Wine Producer of the Year 2019 by Ray Jordan and Best Small Cellar Door in the Swan Valley 2019 by Peter Forrestal of Gourmet Traveller. Exports to Azerbaijan, Maldives and China.

5 winery | riverbankestate.com.au | Halliday profile

Voyager Estate – Margaret River, WA

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The late mining magnate Michael Wright pursued several avenues of business and agriculture before setting his sights on owning a vineyard and winery. It was thus an easy decision when he was able to buy what was then called Freycinet Estate from founder and leading viticulturist Peter Gherardi in 1991. Peter had established the vineyard in ’78 and it was significantly expanded by Michael over the ensuing years. Apart from the Cape Dutch–style tasting room and vast rose garden, the signpost for the estate is the massive Australian flagpole – after Parliament House in Canberra, it’s the largest flagpole in Australia. Michael’s daughter, Alexandra Burt, has been at the helm of Voyager Estate for many years, supported by general manager Chris Furtado and a long-serving and committed staff. Michael is remembered as a larger-than-life character, more at home in his favourite work pants and boots than a suit, and never happier than when trundling around the estate on a four-wheeler or fixing a piece of machinery. Exports to all major markets.

5 winery | voyagerestate.com.au | Halliday profile




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