Baileys of Glenrowan

Victoria | Glenrowan

James' Review

Since 1998 the utterly committed Paul Dahlenburg has been in charge of Baileys and has overseen an expansion in the vineyard and the construction of a 2000t capacity winery. The cellar door has a heritage museum, winery viewing deck, contemporary art gallery and landscaped grounds preserving much of the heritage value. Baileys has also picked up the pace with its muscat and tokay (topaque), reintroducing the Winemakers Selection at the top of the tree, while continuing the larger-volume Founder series. In December 2017 Casella Family brands purchased the brand and the Glenrowan property.

About

Baileys of Glenrowan

The Baileys winemaking story began in the 1860s, when Richard Bailey and his young family arrived in Australia.  They set up a store in Glenrowan to supply miners on nearby goldfields.  This store was located alongside the famous Anne Jones Inn where the Kelly gang siege was to take place.

As the goldfields dried up and the miners moved on, the Bailey family turned to farming and settled on a property which they named "Bundarra" near Glenrowan.

The Baileys planted one of the district’s first vineyards.

In 1870, Richard and his son Varley proudly produced their first vintage but the family were soon devastated by the outbreak in the 1890s of phylloxera. This tiny parasite kills vines and it had a devastating effect on Victoria’s early wine industry. Many vineyards were ordered to destroy their vines, and many heartbroken winemakers simply walked off their ravaged land, never to return.

Once the phylloxera scourge had passed, the Bailey family replanted their vines in 1904 on phylloxera-resistant rootstock. The original 1904 Block, planted with Shiraz, continues to produce wine to this day.

Today, Baileys of Glenrowan is known for their long living reds and equally outstanding fortified wines.

 

Cellar Door

Details

Rating
Winemaker Paul Dahlenburg
Established 1870
Dozen 15 000
Vineyards (area) 144
Opening Hours 7 days 10-5
Address 779 Taminick Gap Road, Glenrowan, Vic 3675
Telephone / Fax (03) 5766 1600
(03) 5766 2596