Helen & Joey Estate

Victoria | Yarra Valley

James' Review

This is the venture of Helen Xu, who purchased the large Fernando Vineyard on Spring Lane in 2010. It is planted to pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, chardonnay, pinot gris, shiraz and sauvignon blanc. Helen's background is quite varied. She has a Masters degree in analytical chemistry, and was a QA manager for Nestle for several years. She now owns a business in Shanghai, working with textile ink development together with husband Joey, and they currently split their time between China and Australia. Exports to the US, Singapore, Japan and China.

About

Helen & Joey purchased an already established Yarra Valley Vineyard in 2010. Since then Helen, the female owner and operator, and her small team have worked tirelessly to farm the vines better to produce better fruit to make better wine. The results are paying off with estate wines showing remarkable Yarra Valley character. The cool growing conditions of the Yarra Valley produce wines with far more elegance, restraint and aromatics than normally associated with Australian wine. Helen and Joey Estate is located in the Gruyere sub-district of the Yarra Valley, right at the base of the Warramate Ranges. Vineyards in this area are associated with classic cool climate varieties such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but also has a strong track regard of producing elegant but long lived reds from varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon. Jamie McGlade is the viticulturist tasked with improving the vineyard and does so by building the vitality and health of the soils and vines alike. The end objective is to achieve a quality of fruit that requires a minimum of intervention in the winery. Jamie has previously managed renowned Yarra Valley vineyards such as, Mount Mary and Yering Station. Our senior winemaker is Meg Brodtmann MW. Meg was the first Australian born female to be admitted to the Institute of Masters of Wine. Her focus is on making truly delicious wines that express the elegance, restraint and perfumed character of the Yarra Valley. Interventions and manipulations are kept to a minimum. Meg is one of the female winemakers that founded Yarra Valley Women of Wine. Helen and Joey Estate is proudly family owned and operated. Exports to USA, China, Japan, Norway, Hong Kong, Singapore

Specialities

Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris

Cellar Door

Information

One of the busier Cellar Doors in the Yarra Valley, Helen and Joey's offers a relaxed and conversational approach. Tastings are conducted inside, as well as outside when the weather permits. The views from the deck are second to none, and their are unicorns, that help set the tone at this family friendly cellar door.

Hours

Daily, 10am-5pm and 10am-8pm each Saturday during daylight saving

Details are correct at time of writing

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Food

Information

Charcuterie, cheese platters and cakes during all opening hours

Cuisine

Platters

Hours

Seven days, 10am-5pm

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Stockist Information

Distribution Information

Self-distributed: adam@hjestate.com.au

Details

Helen and Joey Wines
Rating
Winemaker Meg Brodtmann MW
Established 2011
Dozens 28 000
Vineyards (area) 35 ha
Opening Hours 7 days 10-5
Address 12-14 Spring Lane, Gruyere, Vic 3770
Telephone 1800 989 463
Website www.helenandjoeyestate.com.au