Ridgemill Estate

Queensland | Granite Belt

James' Review

Martin Cooper and Dianne Maddison acquired what was then known as Emerald Hill Winery in 2004. In ’05 they reshaped the vineyards, which now have plantings of chardonnay, tempranillo, shiraz, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, saperavi, verdelho and viognier, setting a course down the alternative variety road. There is a quite spectacular winery and cellar door facility, and self-contained cabins in the vineyard.

About

Our vineyard in Severnlea began life as Emerald Hill, established in 1998 by Spanish couple, Tom and Cath Jimenez. At the time their vision to experiment with alternative varieties was iconoclastic for the region – a tradition continued today at Ridgemill Estate.

Fast forward to 2004, leading Brisbane project manager, Martin Cooper, was contracted to manage the development of the Queensland College of Wine Tourism. While building the college, he’d developed a love for the landscape, the lifestyle and the wines of the Granite Belt. During his opportunities to explore he stumbled across Emerald Hill. Martin was drawn to its natural beauty and the great promise of its wines. Seven days later the Cooper family purchased the property.

The vineyard’s new name – ridgemill estate – came about when Martin and friend, the late international designer David Winter, enjoyed a few too many G&Ts during a trip to Singapore.

Peter McGlashan joined the ridgemill team in September 2004 as Head Wine-maker. Under his guidance ridgemill estate vineyard continues to explore, challenge and refine the art of creating the wines that best suit the region’s terroir; that resonate with its character and that delight and surprise the palates of wine lovers.

The estate’s mantra is to produce wines of timeless elegance and finesse. It’s a task that demands tireless dedication, an unflinching commitment to quality and a passion to discover new varieties and perfect each variety they grow. To that end the vineyard was expanded in 2013 when the neighbouring property was acquired.

Martin and his wife Michelle Feenan, share an enthusiasm for creating one of the Granite Belt’s leading wineries and an inviting retreat offering cosy, stylish accommodation. It’s the ideal hideaway to experience the Granite Belt Wine Region.

Specialities

Chardonnay, riesling, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, tempranillo, saperavi, sparkling de blanc, and pinot gris.

Cellar Door

Information

We have group wine tastings available. Enjoy a pleasant outlook with sensational views across the valley from our decks and verandah.

Hours

Open 7 days from Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm, and Sunday 10am - 3pm.

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Accommodation

Information

Eight studio style cabins overlooking the vineyard and a three bedroom house with luxe furnishings and contemporary facilities including free and reliable wifi.

Facilities

- Self contained indulgence; en-suite, kitchenette, air conditioning, television, CD and DVD players.
- A bottle of wine and plate of canapes on arrival.
- A generous breakfast basket, ready for you to prepare at your leisure.
- A cosy wood-fire for the Granite Belt's 'Brass Monkey' Season.
- Crisp starry summer nights.
- A shared BBQ area to meet up with other cabin guests.
- A base to explore some of the wineries of Queensland's exciting Granite Belt wine region.
- Friendly staff to assist you with bookings for wine tours and restaurants.
- One of the best sunsets around!

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Stockist Information

Distribution Information

We distribute directly from the winery to anywhere in Australia using reputable couriers.

Stockist

Winecraft - Red Hill, Brisbane

Details

Ridgemill Estate Logo
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Winemaker Martin Cooper, Peter McGlashan
Established 1998
Dozens 900
Vineyards (area) 2.1 ha
Opening Hours Fri-Mon 10-5, Sun 10-3
Address 218 Donges Road, Severnlea, Qld 4380
Telephone (07) 4683 5211
Website www.ridgemillestate.com