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Our vineyard is located on the Sandon-Yandoit Rd at Yandoit Creek in the cooler southern fringe of the premium red wine growing region of Bendigo, Central Victoria.
The Yandoit Valley is situated between historical Castlemaine and cosmopolitan Daylesford, about 150km north of Melbourne, Australia.
This area is steeped in history of the early settlers and the goldrush era. Gold was first discovered in this area within a few hundred metres of our vineyard in the 1850’s. Over the next few years, the Yandoit area developed a strong Swiss-Italian culture and lifestyle based on market gardening and wine grapes needed to supply the influx of gold diggers. The Swiss-Italian heritage is still evident in the historical features and communities which remain today. The Cobb and Co. coach provided a regular service through the Yandoit Valley in the late 1800’s.
Situated on an elevated, north-facing aspect, the vineyard maximises the benefits of the sun for vine growth and health and regular breezes for disease control and gentle ripening. Fortunately, frost is a rare event and a large dam provides long-term water security. The soil is a mixture of rich volcanic and clay loam interspersed with quartz and buckshot gravel. Planting commenced in the late 1990s and currently, we have 3 hectares under vine consisting of mainly premium Shiraz sourced from Wynns Michael vineyard, with smaller amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebbiolo and Barbera.