Visitors are welcome to taste these truly remarkable wines while enjoying the spectacular views of Dalwhinnie and the Pyrenees. A Tour & Tasting of the Dalwhinnie Single Vineyards: This walk is about exploring three unique single vineyards and the clonal differences between the blocks. A personalized vineyard walk with David Jones, vigneron, to explore the three unique single vineyard sites on the Dalwhinnie vineyard. to talk about the history the vineyard environment the clones of shiraz, the winemaking back in the winery for tasting & cheese platter
Dalwhinnie Wines is within easy reach of Melbourne, Ballarat, Bendigo and Halls Gap. We are an easy 2.5 hour drive from Melbourne, just over an hour from Bendigo and only 1 hour’s drive from both Ballarat and Halls Gap.
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Hailed by critics and wine lovers alike, Dalwhinnie has been growing grapes for 37 years and is now a fully mature vineyard, producing wines that are distinctive, elegant and full of complex fruit flavours.
A Ballarat architect, Ewan Jones, established the vineyard in 1976 and his eldest son, David, took over its management seven years later. Since 1994, David and his wife, Jenny, have owned and run the 16 hectare property.
It's the kind of stability and continuity of ownership found in the greatest wine estates around the world.
Dalwhinnie occupies a unique position in the heart of the Pyrenees region of Western Victoria, near the village of Moonambel, where it exists as a natural amphitheatre nestled among the ranges.
But it is the hills and sedimentary soils of the Pyrenees – the terroir – which are a vital factor in the vineyard’s uniqueness, according to David Jones.
Noted wine writer and judge, Huon Hooke, agrees with him: “In Dalwhinnie, the Joneses have happened upon that rare but blessed confluence of factors: site, soil, climate, cultivars, viticultural practices and sensitive winemaking. Sit back and watch, as Dalwhinnie etches a name for itself, not only among the great wines of Australia, but the world.”
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The main grape varieties grown are Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. These small individual vineyards average around 1.8 hectares in size and because of the hungry sedimentary soils cropping levels are low, only 1.5 tonnes per 0.8 of a hectare. There are 16 hectares farmed at Dalwhinnie at present.
The vineyard is situated on the 37th parallel in the southern hemisphere and the poor and fragile soils from left over alluvial mining areas in the 1850's are some of the hardest and hungriest you will ever see. However, the climate and soils seem well suited to the production of complex shiraz and this is why we specialise in this great variety.
The site is totally frost-free which enables the grapes to reach optimum ripeness and the vineyard is non-irrigated and operated on strong organic viticultural principles; the fruit is hand-picked, for example, and the vines are cane-pruned by hand. Harvest usually starts the third week in February and is completed around the first week in April. Cover crops are sown every year between the vineyard rows to add nitrogen to the soil. The average annual rainfall is 550mm with most rain falling between July and November.