All Saints Estate
All Saints Estate
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".
Located in the heart of Wahgunyah, Victoria.
- Producing modern hand-crafted wines since 1864.
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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.
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.
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
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.