Anderson Winery

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About

Anderson Winery is a small family winery making quality boutique wines. Our wines are make on site, in small, hand made batches. We use modern knowledge combined with traditional methods such as dry land viticulture, hand harvesting, basket pressing, and the traditional Champagne technique entirely by hand.

Location Description

Our winery, vineyard and Cellar door are at Rutherglen in North East Victoria.

Features

  • Smallest winery in Rutherglen.

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History

Howard Anderson has worked in the wine industry for his entire working life. Despite having no family connections with the wine industry, his first job after completing High School was as a trainee winemaker in a family winery in NSW.

He later worked for B. Seppelt & Co, and gained enormous experience as a Senior Winemaker during his 14 years at their Great Western winery - the showplace for Seppelt's Methode Champenoise (sparkling) wines and premium still wines.

His job with Seppelt brought him to Rutherglen several times as the relief / locum winemaker at their Rutherglen winery, as early as 1972.

After tiring of the petty politics of a large winery, he decided to relocate permanently to Rutherglen, and spent about 5 years as the Winemaker and General Manager of Jolimont wines in Rutherglen.
Here he made the first Sparkling white & red wines in North East Victoria in 1986.

In 1992 he bought the 24ha block of land on Chiltern road, Rutherglen where Anderson winery and vineyard is now situated.

The winery building and Cellar door was built, and planting started that same year with one hectare of Shiraz.

Howard made his first, very small vintages in 1991 and 1992, using the facilities at some other local wineries.

The new winery was ready for action for the 1993 vintage, and Cellar door opened in March 1993.

Over the next few years, the Shiraz plantings increased to 4 hectares, and then in 1999 he planted 1 hectare each of Durif and Petit verdot.

Practices & Techniques

Right from the beginning, Howard established our vineyard as dryland (unirrigated). The initial reason for this was primarily an issue of fruit quality (low yields = higher colour, flavour & quality). However, it obviously is also quite good for the environment, as an average irrigated vineyard uses a lot of water. We have no water rights, and only have a small dam on the property for "emergencies" (those being new plantings, or just enough to stop the leaves falling off during extreme drought).

We also have several rain water tanks on the property which provide 100% of our winery water usage.

In 2012 we installed solar panels on our winery roof with the aim of producing enough power to completely cover our electricity usage. So far we are on track.

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Hours

7 days a week, from 10am until 5pm. We are closed on Good Friday, Christmas day and Boxing day.

Address

1619 Chiltern Rd
Rutherglen, Victoria 3685
Australia

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