John and Leonie Salmons have one of the older and more interesting small vineyards on the Mornington Peninsula, on a steep north-facing slope of a small valley in the Red Hill area. The area takes its name from the ancient red basalt soils. Five clones of pinot noir are planted (MV6, D5V12, G5V15, 115 and D2V5) totalling 1.2 ha, and a few hundred vines each of pinot meunier and pinot gris.
We don't aim to be everywhere. We don't aim to make everything. But we do aim to be seriously good. We are passionate about what we do.
From the care taken in growing the grapes, to sustainable farming practices and taking time to let wine develop in the bottle, through to creating a cellar door experience that allows us to share our love of wine with other people, we do things differently because it really does make a difference. Toby and Dianne made a 'vine change’ to Rahona Valley in July 2014, moving from an inner city suburb of Melbourne to the welcoming community of Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula. Visit Rahona cellar door on the first weekend of the month to meet Toby and Dianne, hear their story and enjoy some seriously good wine.
The Rahona Estate vineyard was planted in 1991 and is one of the more interesting small vineyards on the Mornington Peninsula, on a steep north-facing slope of a secluded valley in the Red Hill area known for its ancient red basalt soils. The estate's Pinot Noir is produced from a single four acre vineyard, consisting of 5000 close planted vines. Rahona Valley also produce some of the best sparkling wines on the Peninsula with perfectly situated cool climate vineyards on the 'top of the hill’. Making sparkling wines in the traditional method, base wine is barrel fermented and aged with extended time on lees, followed by secondary fermentation in the bottle and late disgorgement to allow complexity of flavour to develop. Rahona sparkling wines are evidence of what can be created with patience, care and attention.
Sparkling, pinot noir, chardonnay, pinot gris, rose, riesling, gewurztraminer.
Open first weekend of every month and by appointment.
Open from 12pm - 5pm on the first weekend of every month.
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