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Balgownie Estate

Reviews and Blog


Simon Wiener
9 July 2019 | Simon Wiener

Winter is Pruning Time in the Vineyard

Winter is an important time in the vineyard for maintenance and also for pruning. Pruning is vital for the health of the vine and ensuring that the crop for 2020 develops and is delivered in peak condition. The vines in the Yarra Valley are all pruned by hand, while in Bendigo the vines are pruned by a combination of manual and mechanical pruning.

Click here to come behind the scenes and learn more about the process of pruning with winemaker Tony Winspear.

Time Posted: 09/07/2019 at 3:31 PM
Simon Wiener
3 July 2019 | Simon Wiener

Campbell Mattinson's Review of the 2017 Estate Pinot Noir

Read what Campbell Mattinson of the Wine Front wrote about the fabulous 2017 Estate Pinot Noir

"Tangy and tasty. It’s driven by savouriness but there’s fruit too. Tangy red cherries, rhubarb, spice, autumn leaves and undergrowth. There’s a firmness, a tension. It feels as though it’s just starting to find its way. It’s a good wine to drink, and it may even improve further from here. 91/100"

Time Posted: 03/07/2019 at 11:19 AM
Simon Wiener
29 June 2019 | Simon Wiener

Rainbow over Balgownie Estate Yarra Valley


Time Posted: 29/06/2019 at 10:15 AM
Simon Wiener
28 June 2019 | Simon Wiener

2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon review from Huon Hooke Real Review

Check our the review of the 2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon from Huon Hooke Real Review.

"Garnet colour with a tease of tawny. This needs a good swirl once liberated - blueberries and cranberries, savoury oak. It’s fresh and poised on the palate, with a tease of sweetness (raspberry) tempered by crunchy, red cherry acidity and a soft oak frame. Limitless potential." 96/100



Avaliable to purchase online or visit our Cellar Door in the Yarra Valley or Bendigo for a taste.

Time Posted: 28/06/2019 at 12:24 PM
Simon Wiener
1 June 2019 | Simon Wiener

Review of the 2017 Cabernet Franc Syrah

Read Campbell Mattinson's review of the 2017 Black Label Cabernet Franc Syrah

"The Balgownie range has had something of a freshen up. This is another newie.It’s good too. It sits on the light side of medium weight but it’s beautiful balanced, fresh and clean as well, and yet it has character. Pencils, spices, anise, jellied cherries and dried leaves. It’s not big or commanding but it has something about it. Excellent drinking on offer here. Buy." 92/100


Limited amount avaliable, purchase online or visit our Cellar Door in the Yarra Valley or Bendigo for a taste.

Time Posted: 01/06/2019 at 10:00 AM
Simon Wiener
2 May 2019 | Simon Wiener

Review of the 2018 Nouveau Syrah

Read the review of our brand new release Nouveau Syrah from Qwines.

"The type of wine to keep punters happy at a wine bar or a lazy night in. A great little drink.

Medium bodied, fresh with plenty of energy, red fruits scream for attention. Think strawberries, red cherries and red currants. White pepper, some char and crunchy red apple acidity add further pleasure. A little texture for good measure coupled with a whole lot of slurp factor, another glass please.

Drink now to three years. 90/100."

Avaliable to purchase online or visit our Cellar Door in the Yarra Valley or Bendigo for a taste.

Time Posted: 02/05/2019 at 9:42 AM
Simon Wiener
10 April 2019 | Simon Wiener

Try our Nouveau Syrah

The Nouveau Syrah is a light and delicious style of Shiraz that is packed with delicate fruit flavours of raspberry, cherry, strawberry with a hint of spice. On the palate the wine is elegant and refreshing with soft tannins and balanced acid. A food-friendly wine that does not require cellaring and is designed to be early-drinking. Limited amount available.

Available to purchase online or at the Cellar Door in the Yarra Valley or in Bendigo

Time Posted: 10/04/2019 at 10:00 AM
Simon Wiener
7 April 2019 | Simon Wiener

2019 ANZAC Day Opening Hours

Balgownie Estate Yarra Valley and Bendigo

ANZAC Day 2019 Opening Hours

On ANZAC Day Cellar Door will be open from 12 midday to 5pm


Time Posted: 07/04/2019 at 1:51 PM
Simon Wiener
3 April 2019 | Simon Wiener

2019 Cellar Door Easter Opening Hours at Balgownie Estate

Join us at Balgownie Estate for Easter

Balgownie Estate Yarra Valley Cellar Door is open every day over the Easter Weekend

Good Friday 30th March - 12 midday to 6pm

Saturday 31st March - 9am to 6pm

Easter Sunday 1st April - 10am to 5pm

Easter Monday 2nd April - 9am to 5pm


Balgownie Estate Bendigo Cellar Door is open every day over the Easter Weekend

Good Friday 30th March - 11am to 5pm

Saturday 31st March - 11am to 5pm

Easter Sunday 1st April - 11am to 5pm

Easter Monday 2nd April - 11am to 5pm

Time Posted: 03/04/2019 at 1:00 PM