In 1999 Geoff and Joan Anson planted chardonnay, shiraz and marsanne at Barwon Ridge, the vines growing slowly (if at all) in the limestone soil. The vineyard nestles in the Barrabool Hills, just to the west of Geelong. Geoff and Joan focus on producing premium fruit; the vineyard is now planted to pinot noir, pinot meunier, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, marsanne and chardonnay. The wines are made at Leura Park. The vineyard is part of the re-emergence of winemaking in the Barrabool Hills, after the area's first boom from the 1840s to the '80s. The well written website contains a wealth of information about the history of the region.
Barwon Ridge is located in the Barrabool Hills just 10 minutes west of Geelong city. The vineyard has limestone /sandy loam soils and overlooks the You Yangs to the north. The site sits in a rain shadow, and this combined with the sunny aspect and frequent wind means we use minimal sprays. It produces intensely coloured and flavoured award winning wines.
The vineyard is 3.6 hectares and was planted in 1999. A combination of the site and extended dry years has meant that the vines have ‘done it tough’ and have grown slowly. They are now getting their roots into the limestone and gaining maturity, and are showing the innate quality of the site.
All wines are vegan.