Heathcote Wineries

The Greenstone vineyard is located about two-thirds of the way up the region, where temperatures are warmer, rainfall lower (500mm) and access to supplementary irrigation is close by. It is positioned on the ridge of old Cambrian soil that runs through the eastern side of the Mount Camel range. This narrow strip, running, north from … Read More

Greenstone Vineyard

In 2010, Robert Ellis, son of John and Ann Ellis, returned home to join his mother, father and sister Ruth, in the family business.  Hanging Rock is located in the Macedon Ranges wine region and a significant contribution to its business is the shiraz grown in the Heathcote wine region. Ann Ellis has impeccable credentials … Read More

Hanging Rock Winery

Bendigo’s most awarded winery with over 300 medals and 18 trophies in recent times. It’s the oldest vineyard in the local Shire, producing some of the region’s best wines and rated 5 stars by James Halliday. Excellent weekend lunches from November to March, bookings suggested. Modern tasting area with vineyard and winery views, perfect for … Read More

Harcourt Valley

Robert and Mem Kirby first planted grapes in 1992 at Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula. Robert and his brother John both worked for Village Roadshow, the company their father, Roc Kirby, had built into one of the world’s largest entertainment groups. Roc had started with a single drive-in theatre in a regional Victorian town … Read More

Heathcote Estate

As a child, Danish-born Peder Rosdal’s family teased him about visiting him at his winery and chateau when he grew up.  Meanwhile, Lionel Flutto was growing up in Paris dreaming about one day owning a farm in a peaceful corner of France.  Peder and Lionel are now wine producers with a vineyard, winery, cellar door, … Read More

Heathcote II

The Heathcote Ridge Vineyard is located in one of Australia’s most sought after emerging vineyard areas, the Heathcote region of central Victoria, two hours north of Melbourne. The vineyard has been developed jointly by two of Australia’s leading vineyard management companies, FABAL and Blaxland Vineyards Limited (“Blaxland”).  Between them, FABAL and Blaxland are involved with the … Read More

Heathcote Ridge

Simon O’Donnell’s father provided him with excellent sporting genes.  Simon is the first member of the family to become a wine producer.  “Mum and Dad didn’t drink and I didn’t drink wine till my mid-30s.  I drank spirits occasionally before that.  Then I discovered Heathcote shiraz. “The first Heathcote wine I had was at a … Read More

Heathcote Vines

A fully operational winery with a cellar door, in the middle of town, is unusual.  Add in frequent art exhibitions, an attractive courtyard, regional gourmet produce, events such as a Good Friday Seafood Lunch, and live music on special occasions, and there’s a complete visitor experience.  Locals as well as visitors can find all this … Read More

Heathcote Winery

Darryl and Ian Rathjen are fourth generation Colbinabbin farmers.  Lured by the promise of gold, their great grandfather Henning Rathjen, a German farmer, arrived in Sandhurst, now known as Bendigo, in the early 1850s.  In 1857 Henning married Caroline Brunke, who was also German.  One year later, Henning decided to move back into farming.  When … Read More

Hennings Vineyard

  Jo and Leigh Hunt have been married for just over forty years.  For a little more than twenty five of those years they operated a cellar door from their winery near the Northern Highway. “We started with nothing on the property,” says Leigh, “and we did the lot ourselves.  We bought our first twenty … Read More

Huntleigh Vineyards