The Duke Vineyard

About

With views of the Porongurup and Stirling Ranges, Duke's offers a million dollar view for you to take in while sampling some of Duke's outstanding Wines.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Red Hill South, Victoria.

Features

  • Award winning wine.

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Winemaker

Geoff Duke

History

Duke and Hilde Ranson ended their long search for the perfect property to establish their vineyard as their "retirement". The first vine was planted on Duke's 60th birthday, on the 5th August, 1999. We decided to plant beautiful Riesling, beloved Cabernet Sauvignon (by Duke) and spicy Shiraz. We have planted 25 acres of vines on our 160+ acre farm and are running a Suffolk sheep stud on the remaining acreage. Our entire staff consists of the 2 of us, and one extra worker, currently Sarah. Our story has been documented pretty extensively through our very popular newsletters which are released each season.

Our first vintage in 2001 resulted in a gold medal, the first of many awards including the Best in Show Trophy at the Sydney Royal Wine Show 2006.

Hilde is a successful artist and one of her early projects was to design a tasting area that would be in harmony with the surroundings and make best use of the spectacular views to the Stirling and Porongurup Ranges. The resulting building provides for tastings in a glorious location as well as insulated wine storage and a working gallery. The curved mountain blue cladding is now a landmark on the Porongurup tourist route and fits aesthetically into the landscape.

Duke’s Vineyard is the dream that is now reality and Hilde and Ian remain as enthusiastic about their project as they were on the day they first saw the property.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

The Duke Vineyard was established with a small planting in 1989. Since then, the area under vines has steadily increased to 4 acres. The vineyard is exclusively planted with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with a variety of different clones. The first commercial Chardonnay was made in 1994 and the first Pinot Noir in 1997. The wines are made entirely from fruit grown on the vineyard.

Awards

We enter very few of many wine shows. We do enter our local Qantas Mt Barker Wine Show which is West Australian wines only and an occasional other wine show. We have won many medals. Probably the most prestigious was the trophy for Best Wine in Show by a Small Producer at the Sydney Royal Wine Show in 2006.

We are currently rated a RED 5 STAR vineyard by James Halliday which ranks us in the top 3.8% "truly the best of the best".

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Hours

Open every day12.00 till 5.00pm.

Address

38 Paringa Road
Red Hill South, Victoria 3937
Australia

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