Dalwhinnie Wines is a family owned vineyard established in 1976. It is one of Victoria's greatest wine estates, making wines that are regional highpoints. A little more isolated than most Pyrenees vineyards, Dalwhinnie nestles under the brow of a hill with spectacular views of the amphitheatre vineyard from the contemporary glass-walled tasting room.
The Cellar Door is open daily for tastings and sales and offers cheese / antipasto plates each day. Premium producers of Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon under the Moonambel range, Dalwhinnie also produces a 'cafe' range of wines called 'The Hut'.
The site is totally frost-free which enables the grapes to reach optimum ripeness and the vineyard is non-irrigated and operated on strong organic viticultural principles; the fruit is hand-picked, for example, and the vines are cane-pruned by hand. But it is the hills and soil of the Pyrenees - the terroir - which are a vital factor in the vineyard's success.
Noted wine writer and judge, Huon Hooke, agrees: ''In Dalwhinnie, the Joneses have happened upon that rare but blessed confluence of factors: site, soil, climate, cultivars, viticultural practices and sensitive winemaking. Sit back and watch, as Dalwhinnie etches a name for itself, not only among the great wines of Australia, but the world.''
Accommodation is available at the vineyard. The Eagles Nest is a beautifully appointed house set in private bushland above the cellar door, check the website for details.