Oliver Rapson (with a background in digital advertising) and Renata Morello (a physiotherapist with a PhD in public health) believe the Macedon Ranges has the best of both worlds: less than an hour’s drive to Melbourne, ideal for pinot and chardonnay and still sparsely settled. The property had 2ha of vines planted in 1996: pinot noir and chardonnay. Over time they have extended the pinot noir to 2ha and the chardonnay to 1.2ha, also planting 1ha each of riesling and gamay. Oliver makes the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Renata the Riesling and Gamay. -JAMES HALLIDAY
Lyons Will is a boutique vineyard and winery owned and worked by proprietors and winemakers Ollie Rapson and Renata Morello. Since its inception, Lyons Will has evolved from championing the cool-climate classics that naturally sing well in what is the coolest environment for grape growing in mainland Australia, producing premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, through to implementing and investing in new varietals that lean well to this location and form part of the future state of the Australian wine vernacular, namely Gamay and Riesling. Proudly all aspects from pruning to bottling all happen on site, leading to an intimate understanding of all aspects from viticulture to winemaking. A small cellar door is open on weekends and is located at the heart of the vineyards, an intimate and unique experience for all.
At Lyons Will Estate we think we have a pretty special patch. All our blocks are hand pruned, hand groomed and handpicked, ensuring the best quality possible from budburst to picking.