All Saints Estate

All Saints Estate

About

Set amongst one of the most spectacular vineyard settings in Australia, the historical and iconic estate is a must-see destination for wine and food lovers. The wines are amongst Australia's and the world’s greatest, internationally extolled for their richness and "lusciousness".

Location Description

Located in the heart of Wahgunyah, Victoria.

Features

  • Producing modern hand-crafted wines since 1864.

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Winemaker

Our winemaking philosophy is all about making the most of our unique place – the soil, the river, the climate and the fruit – to create handcrafted wines that truly reflect where they were born.

Vineyard to bottle, each part of the process is painstakingly overseen by Senior Winemaker, Dan Crane and Assistant Winemaker Nicholas Brown.

The team prune, grow, harvest and make each vintage. From enrichment of the soil and fruit through biodynamic vineyard practices, to labour intensive hand picking and sorting, gentle pressing in the 100 year-old basket press, hand-plunging in open fermenters and quiet barrel aging, a duty of care is taken to deliver something very special.

History

Original owners George Sutherland Smith, born in 1830, and his friend John Banks, born in 1833, arrived from Cathiness, Scotland in 1852. They were 23 and 20 years of age, and settled in the Wahgunyah area in 1864. They had both trained as engineers at the Edinburgh Railway Institute. They built a bridge over the Edwards River at Deniliquin during their first years in Australia as well as buildings in Beechworth including the Presbyterian Church, part of the gaol and the original hospital of which the façade still remains.

Wahgunyah was first settled by Mr Faithfull, who acquired ‘Bonthorambo’, but he did not stay in the region. The first permanent settler was the Rev. J. B Docker who, in 1838, settled at Bonthorambo and held all the land from the Ovens River to the Murray River as a cattle run. Rev. Docker did not retain the whole Ovens River to Murray River District for long as other squatters moved in, among whom was James Lindsay Brown who became the pioneer vinegrower of the Rutherglen district.

Smith and Banks began growing vines at ‘Sunday Creek’ nearer to Wahgunyah than present All Saints Estate winery, before coming to where the 'castle' is, three miles north of Wahgunyah, in 1869. The partners took up 100 acres and proceeded with planting vines in earnest whilst also constructing the pise cellars made from the estate soil.

An 'Argus' supplement of 1888 dealing with the Melbourne Exhibition stated that the All Saints Estate castle was built over the original pise building housing the maturing wine, which was left undisturbed over this time.

The Team

Eliza, Angela and Nicholas Brown form the fourth-generation wine family who own and run All Saints Estate and St Leonards Vineyard in Wahgunyah, part of the famed Rutherglen wine region of North-East Victoria, Australia.

Eldest sibling Eliza is CEO; sister Angela, Sales and Marketing Director and brother Nicholas, Winemaker and General Manager.

Each brings a wealth of experience gained both in and outside the wine industry.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Great wine comes from the soil and speaks of where it is from. At All Saints Estate the deep sandy-loam soils were carved from the granite of the mountains and then ground, mixed and shaped by our majestic river Murray. Vines planted more than 85 years ago reach deep down for essential minerals and nutrients, drawing out the very essence of the place and concentrating it in each year’s harvest of grapes.

Our pride and joy are the oldest vineyard blocks; the Midflat Shiraz and Old Muscat, both planted just after the First World War. These old-timers are picture-postcard vines, weather-beaten and twisted, defying the years to produce fantastic fruit.

With careful nurturing we aim to bring the best from our vineyards, tending the vines that grow the fruit for our Estate and Family Cellar wines. With every season comes a round of tasks, from pruning, through shoot positioning and trellis work, to the yearly hurly-burly of vintage.

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Hours

Mon - Sat: 9am-5.30 pm Sun: 10am-5.30 pm

Address

St Leonards Road
Wahgunyah, Victoria 3687
Australia

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