Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa


Come and experience for yourself our stylish cellar door and enjoy our friendly hospitality whilst you unwind and taste some (or all) of our extensive wine tasting range. This wonderful ‘wine experience' includes some of our award winning wines as well as our flagship Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Estate Shiraz from our original 40 year old vines in Bendigo. Whether you prefer our Yarra Valley Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir or perhaps one of our delicious blends or sparkling there will certainly be a wine for you. We also have an extensive list of museum release wines that you can purchase for a special occasion.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Yarra Glen, Victoria.


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Stuart Anderson


Balgownie Estate was one of the pioneers of commercial winemaking in the Bendigo Region, first planting vines in 1969.

Established by the now legendary winemaker Stuart Anderson in 1969, Balgownie Estate was the first vineyard planted in the Bendigo district in more than 80 years. The emergence of Balgownie Estate as a serious red wine producer in the 1970's led to the rapid expansion of the central goldfields wine growing region and was a significant player in the rebirth of the Victorian wine industry.

The 33 hectare vineyard is situated on a gentle slope overlooking Myer's Creek at Maiden Gully. This superb site of alluvial soil has major plantings of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz with smaller amounts of pinot noir, chardonnay, merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot and viognier. The conditions for premium wine grape growing are ideal with long hot summer days ameliorated by very cool overnight temperatures. This allows optimum ripeness while retaining that vital core of acidity.

In 1999, brothers and passionate wine lovers Des and Rod Forrester bought the Estate and set about refurbishing the vineyards and winery. The improvements made have already begun to show in wine quality with 2002 the start of a particularly pleasing run of vintages.

In 2002 the Forresters purchased the Yarra Valley site and began planting a 7 hectare vineyard and building what is now a cellar door, restaurant, conference centre and 70 one bedroom spa suite accommodation and a state of the art Day Spa.

Practices & Techniques

At Balgownie Estate we subscribe to the philosophy that wine quality is made in the vineyard. Our vineyard management aims to achieve a balance between vegetative growth and moderate yields. We believe healthy vines produce healthy vibrant fruit.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

The vineyard is planted on alluvial clay soils that are low in fertility but provide good moisture retention. These soils naturally limit yields and produce grapes with depth and intensity. The Bendigo Climate is characterised by its continental climate with warm summers and cold winters. The warm days and cool nights during the ripening period are ideal for producing intense and age-worthy red wines.

The Yarra Valley vineyard is planted with pinot noir and chardonnay and fruit will begin to come on line from 2007. Currently we have contracts with a handful of the valley's top growers and the quality of the fruit is clearly seen in the wines we've produced. These wines have already achieved plaudits through both the wine media and shows including a Gold Medal at the Royal Melbourne Show for the 2003 Yarra Valley Pinot Noir.

This early recognition of our Yarra Valley wines has been very welcome indeed and we believe the quality we have in barrel will further cement our reputation in the region.


11 February 2015 | Tony Winspear
2015 Vintage update

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2012 Estate Chardonnay

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7 December 2014 | Tony Winspear
James Halliday - 2013 Balgownie Black Label Sauvignon Blanc - 93 Points

Black Label Yarra Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2013. Cellar for up to 5 Years.

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7 December 2014 | Tony Winspear
James Halliday - 2012 Balgownie Estate Chardonay - 94 Points

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1309 Melba Hwy
Yarra Glen, Victoria 3777

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