The Zerbe family has been involved in horticulture for many generations since arriving from Prussia in 1854, planting fruit trees in what is now suburban Melbourne. Generations later, in 1959, the family planted an apple and pear orchard called Tathravale. In ’96, Gary and Karen Zerbe began planting the Bittern Vineyard on this property, the extended family providing the third generation of grapegrowers. In that year the family produced its first full array of wine styles under the Bittern Estate label. There was an involvement with Box Stallion, but following land sales by third parties, that venture has terminated. Continuity is provided by the winemaking team of Alex White and Carl Tiesdell-Smith. Exports to China.
The vines are grown at Bittern, on a property that was an orchard from 1959 until 1995 and was known for its quality fruit production. The soil is largely ironstone buckshot with heavy orange clay at a depth of 1-1.5 metres.
“The site is in a unique microclimate. It’s very special in the Peninsula,” Garry Zerbe says. “It’s ideal for vines because it is maritime, which means virtually no frosts and mild temperatures; they are north-facing and well protected from the southerly winds that are the nightmare of the Peninsula; the soils are clay loam.”
Sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot noir, shiraz and tempranillo.
Our welcoming cellar door overlooking the vineyard showcases our wide variety of wines on tasting, with members of the Zerbe family happy to take you on the wine making journey.
Open by appointment only between 11am - 5pm.
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