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Simon Wiener
19 May 2020 | Simon Wiener

2020 Vintage Summary

Vintage this year has been highly unusual with the pandemic causing difficulties in many areas for the winery and vineyard staff.  Despite everything, the vintage has turned out to be outstanding with the quality of the fruit reaching the winery in excellent condition. The cool conditions after Christmas and the absence of any extremely hot days have produced fruit with good natural acidity and vibrant fruit flavours.

There have been several grape varieties that have really stood out with outstanding fruit that should produce exceptional finished wines. Balgownie’s winemaker Tony Winspear has nominated the fruit from the Centre Block as being as particularly good. The Centre Block is one of the original blocks at Bendigo, planted in 1969 by Stuart Anderson and the age of vines means that they often produce sensational fruit. Tony is confident that he will be able to produce a single vineyard shiraz from the Centre Block, a wine to keep an eye out for when released.

The Pinot Noir from the Yarra valley has also looked fabulous, although the quantity of fruit has been much reduced. We have several different clones of Pinot Noir planted in the Yarra Valley and from this vintage the MV6 and 114 clones have been delivered to the winery in superb condition. This fruit is likely to form the backbone of the Estate pinot Noir for the 2020 vintage.

Time Posted: 19/05/2020 at 1:24 PM
Simon Wiener
13 March 2020 | Simon Wiener

2020 Vintage Update

Harvest has continued this week in both Bendigo and the Yarra Valley with the extra sunshine ripening the fruit and resulting in our pickers and winery staff being hard at work.

In Bendigo, we have picked Viognier, an unusual French variety that produces a unique and delicious food wine. The fruit was well balanced and very elegant with delicious fruit flavours. Once in the winery the fruit was crushed and allowed to ferment using wild yeast in well-seasoned French barriques, in order to develop a complex finished wine.

This week we also picked the Young Shiraz Block and Fruit Salad Block, both of which are destined for our fabulous Rosé. The sales of the have been terrific since its introduction and each year we have expanded production to cope with the increasing sales. The fruit was hand harvested before being whole bunched pressed to preserve the fruit flavour in the finished wine. The wine spends a brief amount of time on skins to give the wine its beautiful blush colour before finishing fermentation in stainless steel.

Time Posted: 13/03/2020 at 11:51 AM
Simon Wiener
9 March 2020 | Simon Wiener

2020 Vintage Update

Despite everything that has been going on in the world, the fruit in the vineyard continues to mature nicely with the sunshine ripening the berries.

Our Chardonnay fruit in Bendigo was hand harvested this week and were in great condition. The yields in the vineyards have been quite low but the quality of the fruit harvested has been excellent. The grapes were picked with low baumé, but very good acid which should result in a fabulous wine that is capable of aging for an extended period. Once delivered to the winery, the small crop begun its fermentation, with 60% allowed to ferment with indigenous, wild yeast to encourage complexity in the finished wine. The remaining 40% was inoculated with a cultured yeast.

Time Posted: 09/03/2020 at 11:42 AM
Simon Wiener
27 January 2020 | Simon Wiener

Cuvee Chocolate Tasting

Balgownie Estate and Cuvee Chocolate

Visit Balgownie Estate Yarra Valley and taste fabulous Cuvee Chocolate, chocolate crafted for wine connoisseurs.

Free Cuvee Chocolate tasting Saturday 1st February from 1pm to 4pm



Time Posted: 27/01/2020 at 11:57 AM
Simon Wiener
10 January 2020 | Simon Wiener

Australia Day at Balgownie Estate

Book your tickets now on 03 9730 0774 or at

Time Posted: 10/01/2020 at 11:43 AM
Simon Wiener
3 December 2019 | Simon Wiener

2019 Christmas Trading Hours

Balgownie Estate wishes you a very merry Chrsitmas and a safe and happy holiday season.

Both the Yarra Valley Cellar Door and the Bendigo Cellar Door and Restaurant     

are closed on Christmas Day,

but we are open every other day of the holiday season.

Time Posted: 03/12/2019 at 1:56 PM
Simon Wiener
1 November 2019 | Simon Wiener

Jeremy Oliver's Review of the 2015 Rock Block Shiraz

Read Jeremy Oliver's review of the 2015 Single Vineyard Rock Block Shiraz

"Exotically spicy, musky and peppery, laced with black fruits and smoky cedar/chocolate oak, this fullish, firmish shiraz delivers a deep core of spicy flavour supported by a fine, almost ferrous spine. Backed by suggestions of roasting tray juices, it finishes long, savoury and faintly meaty. Superb value. 96/100."

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

Time Posted: 01/11/2019 at 2:45 PM
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.

See Menu
$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
Book Now
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.
Book Now
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
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