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Simon Wiener
3 October 2019 | Simon Wiener

It's our 50th Anniversary! Come Celebrate with us!

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Celebrating 50 Years of Winemaking!

Balgownie Estate is celebrating its Golden Anniversary with exclusive offers & events in both Bendigo & Yarra Valley this Spring. 

Three Course Dinner in Bendigo
Friday 11 October 2019 from 6:00 pm

Discover the history of Bendigo’s oldest working winery as we showcase 50 years of operation.
Enjoy a 3-course dinner menu specially curated by Head Chef, Travis Rodwell inspired by heritage breeds and heirloom vegetables.

Guest will enjoy shared plates of, ‘Everything Wagyu’ slow-roasted rump, Yapunyah meadow grazed chicken, a pork tasting board and a selection of decadent classic desserts for the final course.

Heritage Dinner in Bendigo is part of Uncorked Week – an entire week of wine and food events in Bendigo’s historic landmarks.

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$85 per person

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Golden Anniversary Gala Dinner, Bendigo
Saturday 16 November 2019 at 6 pm

Hosted by head winemaker Tony Winspear, the dinner will focus on our origins and the story behind our winemaking journey.

The Gala Dinner is a fabulous opportunity to meet the team behind the winery, celebrate this milestone with us and experience some of our museum wines.

Enjoy a four-course menu specially curated by head chef Travis Rodwell, showcasing hero foods of the region matched to a
 brilliant selection of wines from current releases to carefully aged vintages from the depths of the cellar.

Original founder Stuart Anderson will be our special guest.

 4-courses with matched wines
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Wine Blending Masterclass, Bendigo 
Saturday 16 November
2 pm - 4pm

Meet the winemakers in an exclusive Wine Blending Masterclass held in our iconic Barrel Room. Grab your friends and family and create your very own blend!
Tickets: $40
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50th Birthday Sale on Accommodation
Winery Glamping in Bendigo

Take advantage of our fantastic birthday sale with $30 off our standard accommodation rate!

As always, your stay includes:
10% OFF Cellar Door purchases & Complimentary Wine Tastings!
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Luxury Yarra Valley Stay
Take advantage of our fantastic birthday sale with up to 50% off our standard accommodation rate.

Be quick, don’t miss out.
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2015 Balgownie Estate Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon
50th Anniversary Limited Edition Wine

Hand harvested from the best 18 rows of the original 1969 Cabernet Sauvignon plantings. Shows great complexity and concentration of red and black fruits whilst retaining a seamless elegance. Finely detailed with beautiful tannins inscribing the long finish. 

Secure your bottle today!
750 ml bottle for $120 only
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Time Posted: 03/10/2019 at 4:32 PM
Tony Winspear
18 September 2019 | Tony Winspear

Spring is in the Air

The new season is underway with the first new shoots appearing in the Smedley Lane Chardonnay block in our Yarra Valley vineyard. We expect the Melba block Pinot Noir to follow suit with this warmer weather in the next few days. With good soil moisture the vines are well set up for another excellent season.

         It is not widely known that we often have budburst in the Yarra Valley before the Bendigo vineyard. The continental climate in Bendigo often brings very cold overnight temperatures at this time of year thus delaying budburst compared to the Yarra Valley. Our vineyard manager Steve Bullock, had the frost fans running over three nights last week to stop any possibility of damage to the nascent buds. First varieties to kick off in Bendigo will be the Chardonnay closely followed by the Sangiovese and both are due to shoot forth this coming week. The Merlot, and Shiraz will follow in another week or so with the Cabernet the last to burst into life.

Time Posted: 18/09/2019 at 9:33 AM
Simon Wiener
14 August 2019 | Simon Wiener

Celebrate 50th Years of Balgownie Estate At Ryne

Join us at Ryne to celebrate 50 years of winemaking at Balgownie Estate

Wednesday 4th September 2019 | 6:30 - 11:00pm

6 Courses designed by Donovan Cooke with matched wines

$149 per person | Bookings Essential

(03) 9482 3002

Time Posted: 14/08/2019 at 3:08 PM
Simon Wiener
12 August 2019 | Simon Wiener

2020 James Halliday Wine Companion

Balgownie Estate is thrilled to once again to be awarded a five-stars rating in the prestigious and newly released 2020 James Halliday Wine Companion. Balgownie Estate was rated as a ‘five star’ winery, that is an "outstanding winery capable of producing wines of very high quality."  Achieving five stars places Balgownie in the top 10% of all the wineries rated. We are especially delighted that five of our wines achieved scores of 95 or more.

Some of these wines are yet to released. Why not join the Platinum Wine Club and be the first to know about our new release wines, while saving 25% on you wine purchases.


Time Posted: 12/08/2019 at 12:08 PM
Simon Wiener
8 August 2019 | Simon Wiener

Shiraz or Syrah?

Shiraz is one of the most widely planted grape varieties and one of the most popular wines in Australia.  It’s success in Australia is due in no small part to its ability to thrive successfully in a wide range of climates as well as its capability to produce a wide range of wine styles from lighter rosé through to sparkling and fortified wine.

Shiraz is widely planted throughout France where is known by its traditional name of Syrah. Although it rarely appears on wine labels, it forms that backbone of a number of great wines from the Northern Rhone such as Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie. The French styles tend to be leaner and more complex with cherry, spice, pepper and earthy characters that are capable of aging.

Australian Shiraz with its riper, sweeter fruit has arguably overshadowed the wines produced in France and have certainly developed an enviable reputation. In Australia, the climate and terrior (the set of environmental factors that affect grape development), produces Shiraz wines that tend to be full bodied and contain rich, ripe fruit flavours such plum, blackberry chocolate and spice. Australian Shiraz are usually easy drinking although they can have a higher alcohol content.

There has been a growing trend in recent years for producers to use the term Syrah for wines that have been made in a lighter and leaner styles that reflect the wines traditionally produced in France, to differentiate the wines from the richer Australian styles. Balgownie Estate has introduced a Nouveau Syrah, 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.

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

Time Posted: 08/08/2019 at 10:04 AM
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