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HEATHCOTE

It’s only 1.5 hours north of Melbourne, yet a trip to Heathcote embraces the romance of the Australian countryside. Before you know it, the wide expanses of grazing land, tarnished by the sun, become interspersed with lush vineyards. Heathcote began as shiraz country, with the ancient Cambrian soils and warm Mediterranean climate imparting a unique combination of fruit concentration, exotic spice and round, silky tannins. The dynamic community is dominated by family-owned wineries working together to build the region. With sustainability in focus the styles are diversifying, with significant plantings of Italian varieties joining classic examples from Southern France.  Nicole Bilson

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condie estate

Star Cellar Door

0404 480 422
condie.com.au

More than 20 years ago, while working as a corporate risk manager, Richie Condie, a country boy at heart, was compelled to plant a couple of hectares of shiraz in Heathcote. Within 10 years, he was studying winemaking and ready to launch Condie Estate together with wife Rosanne. Now they are living the dream and it shows. The wines continue to go from strength to strength as curiosity and passion drive experimentation and growth. Wines made from primarily estate-grown fruit include sangiovese and nero d’Avola, varieties inspired by Rosanne’s Italian heritage, along with classic Rhône grapes such as mataro (mourvèdre) and viognier. This is boutique winemaking at its best. The winemaker himself greets cellar door visitors with warmth and plenty of stories. Tastings are held in the rustic barrel room, with a winery tour and perhaps a barrel sample or two just a question away. 

TOP DROP: 2021 Condie Estate Schoolhouse Lane Single Vineyard Mataro, A$200 (6 bottles)

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BEST LARGE CELLAR DOOR & BEST FOOD

0417 440 533
tellurianwines.com.au

JASPER HILL VINEYARD
BEST SMALL CELLAR DOOR

03 5433 2528
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VINEA MARSON  
BEST TASTING EXPERIENCE

0430 312 165
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