A winery that has long been one of the stalwarts of the Pyrenees region, owned by 3rd-generation Matthew Barry. The estate vineyards (shiraz, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, merlot, cabernet franc, tempranillo, lagrein and viognier) are certified organic, as is the winery. The Moates Lane range of wines are partly or wholly made from contract-grown grapes.
Exports to China, the US, NZ, Singapore and South Korea. -JAMES HALLIDAY
Celebrating 50 years, Mount Avoca began with the dream of a Melbourne stockbroker who wanted a tree change 30 years before the term had been coined. Located just outside the historic Gold Rush town of Avoca, the wine capital of the Australian Pyrenees is renowned for its understated quality. With a thriving wine shop and vineyards in the late 1800s the region is one of the oldest wine regions in the country. The 400 acre property off Moates Lane was purchased and the first vines were planted in 1970. Over the next decades the vineyard was expanded and 1000 olive trees were planted of which 600 remain. Second generation owner and winemaker, Matthew Barry has continued the environmental ethos and practice instigated by his father, achieving Australian Organic Classification in both the vineyard and the winery. Three stunning eco-luxe environmentally aware lodges opened in 2009 providing the perfect place to just hang out, unwind and bask in the peaceful and largely untouched Pyrenees.