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Upon the rich soils of Maiden Gully near Bendigo in Central Victoria, lies Balgownie Estate. In 1969, pharmacist Stuart Anderson planted the area’s first vines in over 80 years and by the early 1970’s, was producing outstanding reds which helped pave the way for the rebirth of the Victorian wine industry.
Thirty years on, Balgownie Estate is owned and operated by Des and Rod Forrester. Brothers and lovers of wine, both are passionate in preserving the estate’s esteemed history.
Balgownie Estate Philosophy
The Balgownie philosophy is a simple one. Wine quality is made in the vineyards. Healthy vines make healthy fruit and so the challenge is to continually attain a balance between vegetative growth and moderate yields.
Balgownie Estate Vineyard
Balgownie Estate features hard clay-like soil with good moisture retention. As a result, the grapes produced are intensely flavoured. According to former Balgownie Estate winemaker, Tobias Ansted, the wines tend to be “savoury and earthy”, when compared to those from South Australian regions.
Balgownie Estate Wine Types
Cabernet sauvignon and shiraz were the original vine plantings at Balgownie Estate in 1969. Today chardonnay and pinot noir are also planted together with smaller amounts of sangiovese, cabernet franc and viognier.
Balgownie Estate Wine Ranges
The Balgownie Estate wine range encompasses: The Estate, White Label, Yarra Valley Black Label and Museum Releases.
|Address||46 Hermitage Road, Maiden Gully, VIC, 3551, Australia|
|Phone||(03) 5449 6222|
The Balgownie vineyards were planted way back in 1969 and the cooler climate ensure wines such as Sauvignon Blanc really show their true character. The cool conditions of the vintage produced a wine that is full of lifted passionfruit and tropical...
Balgownie is one of the stars of Bendigo in Victoria and this Sparkling shows how cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot grapes have given this sparkling more than your average complexity. It’s lifted with aromas of citrus and just cut apples with fres...
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