Amherst Winery

About

Amherst winery is operated by the second generation of vigneron at Amherst. We have gained a reputation for elegant, cool climate, hand crafted wines achieving a 5-STAR WINERY rating in James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion.

Location Description

Situated on the northern side of the Great Dividing Range at an altitude of 280m giving the area a continental climate of warm days and cool nights.

Features

  • Producing wines from the finest grapes.

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History

A love of wine, a little bit of research, a good deal of naivety and a hell of a lot of hard work led to the establishment of Amherst Winery when Norman and Elizabeth Jones planted the 2ha “Dunn’s Paddock” Shiraz vineyard in 1989. This was followed by 1.5ha of Cabernet Sauvignon and .5ha of Chardonnay in 1998. Amherst Winery is located 20km southeast of Avoca in Western Victoria’s beautiful Pyrenees Wine Region. The land at Amherst, an old gold field, had been farmed by Norms’ grandparents and great grandparents. When the opportunity arose to purchase some of this land in the 1970s he jumped at the chance of holding on to some of the family’s rural heritage.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

There are 4 hectares under vine consisting of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. The vineyard is on old alluvial goldfields dating back to the 1850s, and diggings can still be seen around the property in the quartz rich soil. The gold mining activity over the last 150 years has turned over the top soil many times creating an unforgiving landscape that is perfect for growing premium wine grapes. The vines need to work hard to produce small berries which have thick skins that give the reds deep, rich colour, fine tannins and concentrated flavours and aromas.

Hand pruning, hand-picking, minimal irrigation and summer pruning to remove any imperfect or unripe bunches result in a yield of about 2-3 tonnes per hectare. This ensures that only the finest grapes actually make it into the bottle. Picking usually occurs in mid to late March allowing for a long ripening period that lets the grapes develop to create wines with length, complexity, balance and structure.

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Hours

Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Address

121 High Street
Avoca, Victoria 3467
Australia

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