BALGOWNIE ESTATE
Bendigo
Balgownie Estate is one of Australia's greatest small vineyards. Located near the historic gold mining town of Bendigo in central Victoria, the Estate was established in 1968 on a superb site of alluvial soil. Now the most respected name in the region, the wines stand as benchmarks of a central Victorian style reliant on well ripened fruit, distinctive local terroir and sympathetic use of oak.

"Once again the most respected name in the region... with powerful, intense Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Both outstanding."
James Halliday (2007)
  • Founded: 1969
  • Owner: The Forrester Family
  • Winemaker: Tony Winspear
  • Size: 75 acres
  • Climate: Warm, highly continental
  • Key Varieties: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaking

The two most feted wines produced at Balgownie Estate are the Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, which have earned much praise from wine judges and critics over the past 30 years. For reviews of the current vintage Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz please visit our “News and Reviews” page.

In recent years Balgownie Estate has also re-introduced small amounts of Estate grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to its premium range. Both these wines were much sought after in the late 1970s and early 80s and small quantities of these new releases are now available direct from the cellar door at Maiden Gully.

Viticulture

Situated on a gentle slope overlooking the Myers Creek at Maiden Gully, the 60 acre vineyard is made up of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The regions’ deep soils and long hours of summer sunshine are ideal for the production of full-bodied wine styles.

The vineyard is grown on natural principles, which minimize the impact on the environment. These practices involve minimal intervention so as to bring the full flavor and intensity of every vintage.

Balgownie wines are well known for their consistent high quality, a standard that has become their trademark.

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