Our guest speaker is Matt Harrop, Chairman of Judges at the 2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Show and senior winemaker at Curly Flat Vineyard in the Macedon Ranges. Proud owner of his own vineyard and label Silent Way Wines. Just click on the button at top right for more information.
The primary aim of Wine Guild Victoria is to provide opportunities for members to develop a greater knowledge, understanding and appreciation of wine, viticulture, winemaking and the Australian wine industry in a friendly and enjoyable environment. The Guild also aims to promote friendly interaction between members and between members and wine industry professionals.
Formerly Greenstone of Heathcote, Greenstone Vineyards began in 2003 at Colbinabbin, about a 90 minute drive north of Melbourne. Lying just north of the Great Dividing Range, at an altitude of around 200 metres, the vineyard is positioned on the ridge of old Cambrian soil that runs through the eastern side of the range.
It is from these soils that the winery derives its name – The Heathcote ‘greenstone’ is a form of copper-infused basalt, and is an integral part of the soil. The climate and generous red soils of the Heathcote vineyard create a unique combination that is ideal for producing outstanding Shiraz and Sangiovese wine.
The ‘success’ of Greenstone’s Heathcote wines led the team to explore opportunities to expand the wine range beyond Shiraz and Sangiovese wines. Upholding the requirement to find the best locations for each varietal, the search led to the Yarra Valley – the home of some of Australia’s finest Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Cabernet varietals. The originally Yarra Ridge winery,more recently known as Sticks Yarra Valley was acquired in January 2015.
A focus on producing only the finest wines from the finest grapes means that Greenstone has only ever produced very small quantities of wine – we are not interested in making higher volume commercial wines, rather small volume, handcrafted and premium wines.