Lethbridge Wines

Victoria | Geelong

James' Review

Lethbridge was founded by scientists Ray Nadeson, Maree Collis and Adrian Thomas. In Ray's words,‘Our belief is that the best wines express the unique character of special places'. As well as understanding the importance of terroir, the partners have built a unique strawbale winery, designed to recreate the controlled environment of cellars and caves in Europe. Winemaking is no less ecological: hand-picking, indigenous-yeast fermentation, small open fermenters, pigeage (foot-stomping) and minimal handling of the wines throughout the maturation process are all part and parcel of the highly successful Lethbridge approach. Ray also has a distinctive approach to full-blown chardonnay and pinot noir. There is also a contract winemaking limb to the business. Exports to the UK, the US, Denmark, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong and China.

About

Our aim is to produce natural, savory wines that focus on balance and texture with a real sense of place or terroir. Maree Collis and Ray Nadeson are not your average winemakers of a boutique winery. Both were initially trained as research scientists and hold PhD degrees in chemistry and medicine, respectively. While combining their scientific careers with winemaking, Maree and Ray completed the winemaking degree at Charles Sturt University. Ray states, "winemaking is not really that different to science, both are creative and both involve 99% perspiration, 1% inspiration".

Specialities

Chardonnay, riesling, pinot noir, shiraz, nebbiolo

Cellar Door

Information

Lethbridge Wins Geelong's Best Small Cellar Door 2016 (Gourmet Traveller Wine Australia)

The Cellar Door experience that we offer at Lethbridge Wines is quite unique. When you visit our strawbale winery you will sit down at the oak tasting table with us, sample our wines and engage in interesting conversation.

We also offer Meredith Dairy Cheese for tasting and sales. If you ring in advance we can prepare a cheese platter for you as a snack or light lunch.

Hours

Our Cellar Door is open Monday to Friday 11am – 3pm and weekends 11am - 5pm.

Details are correct at time of writing

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Food

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Stockist Information

Distribution Information


NSW, QLD & Victoria - Fesq & Co. (fesq.com.au) - 1300 763 377
WA - The Wine Gang - 0434 726 165
Geelong - White Kat Beverages (whitekat.com.au) - 0401 769 558
SA - Aus Craft Wine (auscraftwine.com.au) - 08 8363 4232

International Sales Information


UK - Berkmann Wine Cellars,
Denmark - Victoria Vine,
Singapore - Vinicole Asia,
Thailand - G-Four Fine Wines,
Hong Kong - OzTerroirs,
China (private customers) - Shun Australia,
China (restaurants) - Elan,
USA - Isle of Oz Imports.

Details

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Winemaker Ray Nadeson, Maree Collis
Established 1996
Dozens 10 000
Vineyards (area) 7 ha
Opening Hours Mon-Fri 11-3, w'ends 11-5
Address 74 Burrows Road, Lethbridge, Vic 3222
Telephone (03) 5281 7279
Website www.lethbridgewines.com