This is a remarkable story. Owners Ian and Lynn Rathjen are 4th-generation farmers living and working on the now famous Cambrian red soil of Heathcote. Henning Rathjen was lured from his birthplace in Schleswig Holstein by the gold rush, but soon decided farming provided a more secure future. In 1858 he made his way to the Colbinabbin Range, and exclaimed,‘We have struck paradise.’ Among other things, he planted a vineyard in the 1860s, expanding it in the wake of demand for the wine. He died in 1912, and the vineyards disappeared before being replanted in ’95, with 20ha of immaculately tended vines. The core wine is Shiraz, with intermittent releases of Sangiovese, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon and Semillon.
We are a small family run winery focusing on making premium wines that showcase the Heathcote region.
Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Grenache, Malbec, Cabernet Franc
Small intimate personalised wine tasting experience
Open by appointment
Details are correct at time of writing
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2769 Heathcote-Rochester Road, Colbinabbin, Vic 3559
(03) 5432 9319