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Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is to produce premium wines from estate grown fruit ripened to optimum levels and matured in finest quality small oak barrels. We aim to release our wines after sufficient bottle development to display their full potential.

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1982 The first vines, Chardonnay, were planted at the Eltham vineyard in 1982. These were followed in 1983 by the Cabernet Sauvignon planting.
1986 In 1986 we established our Shaws Road, Arthurs Creek vineyard by planting larger blocks of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and the classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Franc and Merlot.
1990 The first commercial vintage was produced.
1997 The Arthurs Creek vineyard was expanded in 1997 with additional plantings of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
2007 New Shaws Road winery completed.
2008 Strathewen Hills winery and vineyard purchased.
2009 Black Saturday fire destroys 70% of Strathewen Hills vineyard including Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Chardonnay plantings.
2016 Enclosed the winery verandah with clear awnings and installed a Coonara log fire 

 The Vineyards

Shaws Road

The Shaws Road vineyard is situated high on a hill with magnificent views over the Strathewen valley through to the Great Dividing Ranges at Kinglake. The city of Melbourne, 36km to the South, is visible from the highest point of the property. This 5 acre vineyard produces excellent Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet fruit. The soil structure is shallow grey loam over mudstone which together with the average rainfall of around 500mm (in a good year!) naturally produces low yields of premium fruit. The vines were planted in 1986 and 1996.

Eltham

The Eltham vineyard is located 1 km from the Eltham Township and less than 22km from Melbourne in the middle of a built-up area. The soil comprises grey loam over mudstone. The 1 acre vineyard produces Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet has small berries with beautiful flavour. These vines were planted in 1982 and 1983.

Strathewen Hills

The Strathewen Hills vineyard was first established by the late Bill Christopherson and family in the early 1990’s. The soil profile is similar to Shaws Road. The 6 acre vineyard produces Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Small parcels of Semillon, Cabernet Franc, Cinsaut and Grenache are used for blending.

Vineyard Services

In addition to running our own estate vineyards we also offer management services for vineyards in the local area on either a contract or rates basis. The Apted family has well over 100 years farming experience in the Diamond Valley. We currently manage over 50 acres of vineyards. We have a full range of modern vineyard equipment and can also provide labour for pruning, picking, wire lifting, shoot thinning, stem rubbing etc.