Heathcote Wineries

Like most passionate people who dream of growing grapes and making great wine, Downing Estate’s Joy and Bob Downing’s dream included setting up their own vineyard while still working full time, then retiring by the age of fifty five to drive their wine venture while paying a manager to look after operational details.  Living the … Read More

Downing Estate

Ellis Wines is a family owned business situated on the rich red Cambrian soil in Colbinabbin. This famous soil extends both sides of the Mt Camel range found within the Heathcote wine growing region. This region continues to develop an incredible reputation for its wine production. Joy block (The Ellis family’s first block) was planted in … Read More

Ellis Wines

In 1998, German-born Fred and New York-born Leslye Thies took over a private residence originally built in 1857 as Heathcote’s Emeu Hotel.  The original building, with a concert hall and a butcher shop, was one of the thirty pubs in Heathcote in the late 1850s. “People often comment on the spelling of Emeu,” says Leslye.  … Read More

Emeu Inn

In 1978, Rod and Sue Hourigan moved to Redesdale to plant a vineyard and establish the first winery in Redesdale.  Their property is located where the Coliban River runs into Lake Eppalock.  They lived in a cottage on site while they established the vineyard, built a winery, and raised their daughter Catriona and son Andrew. … Read More

Eppalock Ridge

The bare paddock that Greg and Natala Flynn finally selected after inspecting forty or more properties in the Heathcote region has been transformed into a vineyard, a winery and a bistro.  Greg worked full and part time in the wholesale and retail liquor industry for twenty or so years.  He also completed part time study … Read More

Flynns Wines

Foster e Rocco is the collaboration of two friends Adam Foster & Lincoln Riley who have undertaken a project to make the wines that they want to drink; approachable, accessible and above all food friendly. Having spent many years working in restaurants as sommeliers both individuals understand the role food and wine plays in uniting … Read More

Foster e Rocco

Lorenzo Galli grew up in Italy.  When Mussolini and the fascists took Italy to war, young Lorenzo became the man of the house and worked hard to save his family from starvation.  He came to Australia in 1952 and created successful businesses in several areas, starting as a road builder.  He created other businesses as … Read More

Galli Estate Camelback Vineyard

Bob Nixon started planting the vineyard in 1978 to provide stress release from his financial planning business and as part of his own longterm retirement planning. Bob’s first career was as a business studies teacher. His American-born wife Barbara worked in a stockbroking firm, in religious education, and then with the American Cancer Society as … Read More

Gisborne Peak Wines

For five years Clare and Bernie de Kok searched throughout Australia and New Zealand seeking land for their planned vineyard.  Their ‘must-have’ list included an existing house, existing vineyard with high quality fruit, and a good location with access to a small primary school. Their large family of seven had been living in a forty … Read More

Glenhope Ridge Estate

Gordon Knight’s great-grandfather, Frank Edward Egerton Knight, a carpenter, set sail from England to Australia in the 1860s.  After mining for gold, he settled in the Baynton area of Central Victoria and leased a hotel and store in the township of Baynton.  “He ran a mixed business with a good cash flow.  He bought wool … Read More

Granite Hills