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.
Bittern Estate was planted in 1996 on the site of the apple and pear orchard known as “Tathravale” that was planted in 1959 by our family.
The grapes produced from our vineyard up to the 2013 crop produced many award-winning wines under another label. In 2013 we developed a new label and produced the first vintage of wine styles under the Bittern Estate brand.
Over many years, our 25 ha property has produced high quality fresh fruit for the table and in later years, grapes used to produce wines of exceptional quality. The mild climate means the grapes are sheltered from cold winds and frost. The soil, with its rich clay substrata, combined with the adequate, reliable rainfall and the open exposure to the north for sunlight and warmth all contribute to the production of small volumes of exceptional wines with remarkable bouquet and palate.
Alex White, Carl Tiesdell-Smith
8 Bittern-Dromana Road, Bittern, Vic 3918
0417 556 529