Vinea Marson

Victoria | Heathcote

Our Review

Owner-winemaker Mario Marson spent many years as the winemaker/viticulturist with the late Dr John Middleton at the celebrated Mount Mary. Mario has over 35 years of experience in Australia and overseas, having undertaken vintages at Isole e Olena in Tuscany and Piedmont and at Domaine de la Pousse d’Or in Burgundy, where he was inspired to emulate the multi-clonal wines favoured by these producers, pioneered in Australia by John Middleton. In 1999 he and his wife, Helen, purchased the Vinea Marson property on the eastern slopes of the Mt Camel Range. They have planted shiraz and viognier, plus Italian varieties of sangiovese, nebbiolo, barbera and refosco dal peduncolo. Marson also sources northeastern Italian varietals from Porepunkah in the Alpine Valleys. Exports to China. -JAMES HALLIDAY


The Marson family continues a winemaking tradition of some four generations in Friuli, north-eastern Italy and Australia at its Heathcote vineyard, Vinea Marson. Inspired by vintages in Piedmont and Tuscany, winemaker Mario Marson’s passion for Nebbiolo and Sangiovese saw him establish Vinea Marson on the rich Cambrian soil of the Mount Camel Range at Heathcote in 2000. After formative years in the Yarra Valley, the Estate’s Sotto and Sopra vineyards on the eastern slope proved the perfect place to grow these Italian varieties as well as Barbera & Refosco del Peduncolo Rosso, with multiclonal plantings producing wines of depth and complexity. Mario’s desire to craft beautiful old-world wines in the new world setting extends to classic French varietals that comprise the remainder of our Estate range: a food friendly Shiraz Viognier and an elegant Viognier. These wines are complemented by the Heritage wines, which pays homage to the family’s history in Friuli by sourcing indigenous Italian varieties from the Alpine Valleys to produce a delicious Prosecco, a dry, multi-blend white, the Grazia, an orange wine, the Friulano #7 and the Picolit – a dessert wine made from this unusual and largely unknown variety. Today, Mario is joined in the winery by daughter Madeleine as Assistant Winemaker, the sixth generation in the family.


Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Friulano, Malvasia d'Istria, Picolit, Pinot bianco, Shiraz, Viognier, Refosco del Peduncolo Rosso

Cellar Door


Join the Marson family at the Cellar Door to experience Vinea Marson’s wines the way they were intended – with food and in good company. Tastings are held in true Italian style at the family table, with antipasti including cured meats, Italian cheese and our estate grown extra-Virgin olive oil available to purchase. The delicious Drunken Buffalo cheese made with Vinea Marson Nebbiolo skins by Melbourne cheesemaker Giorgio Linguanti from That’s Amore Cheese is a highlight. In late 2020, the family will officially launch a Tuscan Garden overlooking the vineyards, with a bocce court, wine tastings and antipasto plates al fresco.


11am - 5pm Weekends & Public Holidays, Weekdays - By Appointment

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Antipasto Plates available during wine tastings as above.


Italian Antipasti and monthly lunches

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Stockist Information

Distribution Information

VIC Peter Johns – Primavera Selections
NSW, ACT & QLD Andreas Puhar – Enoteca Sydney

International Sales Information

China Garrey Yang – ABS Wines
Switzerland - Vinaroo


Independent retailers


Vinea Marson logo
Winemaker Mario Marson
Established 2000
Dozens 2500
Vineyards (area) 7.12 ha
Viticulturist N/A
Opening Hours W'ends
Address 411 Heathcote-Rochester Road, Heathcote, Vic 3523
Telephone 0430 312 165