Tahbilk

Victoria | Nagambie Lakes

James' Review

A winery steeped in tradition (with National Trust classification), which should be visited at least once by every wine-conscious Australian, and which makes wines - particularly red wines - utterly in keeping with that tradition. The essence of that heritage comes in the form of the tiny quantities of Shiraz made from vines planted in 1860. The quality of the 2012 and '13 wines continued to underwrite the reputation of Tahbilk. A founding member of Australia's First Families of Wine. Wine Companion 2016 Winery of the Year. Exports to all major markets.

About

Established in 1860, Tahbilk is one of Australia's most beautiful and historic family owned wineries. Located in the Nagambie Lakes region of central Victoria (120kms north of Melbourne), one of the nation's premium viticultural areas, the property comprises some 1,214 hectares of rich river flats with a frontage of 11 kms to the Goulburn River and 8 kms of permanent backwaters and creeks. Purchased by the Purbrick family in 1925, five generations of the family have now contributed to the success of the Estate bringing with them a tradition of pride, hard work and a love of good wine. The vineyard has some 200 hectares under vine which includes the rare French Rhone Valley whites of Marsanne, Viognier and Roussanne; and the Rhone reds - Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre. Also planted are the traditional varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Verdelho and new age rising stars Tempranillo and Savagnin. Vineyard plantings extend back to Tahbilk's founding with original pre-phylloxera Shiraz vines still surviving from 1860 - an eponymous wine produced from them since 1979. Harvest commences in early March and continues for five to six weeks with approximately 1,600 tonnes (red & white) grapes processed. Total production is over 100,000 cases with just over 10% being exported to the key markets of U.S.A., United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland and the Scandinavian countries. The original Winery building (backing onto the Goulburn River) houses Tahbilk’s Cellar Door where you can also view a changing display of items of historical interest, as well as exploring the original 1860 & 1875 underground cellars - a chance to 'step back in time'.
In 2005, this experience was complemented with the opening of the Tahbilk Wetlands & Wildlife Reserve and Café. Visitors can enjoy both the historic Tahbilk experience along with the contemporary offerings of the Café before choosing to walk the pathways and boardwalks of the Reserve or, on weekends and public holidays, cruise on dedicated Wetlands boats. This opportunity that would be unparalleled within the Australian winery tourism experience.

Cellar Door

Sun: 10:00am till 5:00pm Mon: 9:00am till 5:00pm Tue: 9:00am till 5:00pm Wed: 9:00am till 5:00pm Thu: 9:00am till 5:00pm Fri: 9:00am till 5:00pm Sat: 10:00am till 5:00pm The Cellar Door tasting is a MUST if visiting the winery! Held in the original winery you will be well looked after by our lovely staff as you try a diverse range of wines - many only available at the Winery. Then take a journey back through time as you wander around the historic cellar door and head downstairs to the original underground cellars which are classified by the National Trust and are still in use.

Restaurant

Sun: 10:00am till 4:00pm Mon: 10:00am till 4:00pm Thu: 10:00am till 4:00pm Fri: 10:00am till 4:00pm Sat: 10:00am till 4:00pm In response to a growing demand for the food and wine experience, the Tahbilk Café was opened in 2005, built on the backwaters of the Tahbilk billabongs. Set in a beautifully tranquil location the Café provides visitors with an authentic experience, relaxed and in keeping with the Purbrick family’s food and wine ethos. Most visitors like to sit outside on the sweeping deck and listen to the birds as they enjoy their favourite wines - many exclusive to the Cellar Door and Cafe. "At Tahbilk Cafe we believe in knowing where our produce comes from. We work hard with a number of local suppliers to get the very freshest produce to your plate through our evolving menu, and our guarantee to you is that we use the best ingredients we can find, cooked with both expertise and love." Tahbilk Cafe Head Chef "Congratulations on your restaurant being reviewed and recommended in The Age Good Food Guide 2015. It is a great achievement to appear as it indicates that your dining establishment is among the best." The Age Good Food Guide team Stop in for a look next time you're passing through Central Victoria, this is truly a hidden secret that's not to be missed!

Details

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Winemaker Alister Purbrick, Neil Larson, Alan George
Established 1860
Dozen 120 000
Vineyards (area) 221.5
Opening Hours Mon-Sat 9-5, Sun 11-5
Address 254 O'Neils Road, Tabilk, Vic 3608
Telephone / Fax (03) 5794 2555
(03) 5794 2360