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 clones D5V12, D4V2 and 115 and chardonnay), and they have extended the pinot noir to 1.2ha, increasing the 115 and introducing MV6, and planted 1ha each of riesling and gamay. A new winery was completed for the 2016 vintage, and they also have visions of planting a further 0.8ha of chardonnay.
Exactly one hour north of Melbourne, Lyons Will Estate was established in 1996 with its first plants being the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varietals. Since then the estate has grown in size to include Gamay and Riesling, making the total area under vine just over 10 acres.
Our ethos is simple, take care of the land and the land will take care of our plants. Good grapes coupled with a minimalist wine making approach generally results in a good honest wine with a great acid balance and a clean linear finish.
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.