Windy Ridge Winery (CLOSED)

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Kelly, wine dog, Windy Ridge Winery - South Gippsland's oldest vineyard

Kelly, wine dog, Windy Ridge Winery - South Gippsland's oldest vineyard

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527 Fish Creek-Foster Road
Foster VIC 3960
Australia
Phone: 03 5682 2035
Mobile: 0416 192 264
Email: winery@windyridgewinery.com.au

Windy Ridge is now CLOSED (2015). It was formerly a boutique vineyard and winery located between Foster and Fish Creek, in the Gippsland wine region of Victoria.

It was South Gippsland's oldest vineyard and the southern-most winery on the Australian mainland. All the table wines were 100 per cent grown, made and bottled at Windy Ridge by the owners, Georgia and Graeme Wilson.

In 1985 Graeme and Georgia purchased the vineyard which had been planted in 1978 by Dr Chris Hill. They built the winery, and made the first wines in 1988. Each year since then, except 1992 and 1993, they have made a Pinot Noir and a Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec blend. They also offered tiny quantities of dry Traminer.

Being the southern-most winery on the Australian mainland (approximately 150km/95miles south-east of Melbourne, within 5km / 3miles of the coast overlooking Wilson's Promontory.

Latitude 38.6 degrees South, the unirrigated grapes ripen slowly, developing intense varietal flavours and deep rich colours in the reds. After open vat fermentation and soft basket pressing, they mature the red wines for up to five years in a mix of old and new French and/or American oak. When released, the unfiltered wines will continue to develop in fruitiness and complexity, and slowly soften and improve for at least 8 to 10 years from the year of vintage.

All of the table wines were 100% grown, made and bottled at Windy Ridge by the owners. They also made a 1986 Wood Aged Port from South Australian grapes: oak matured for 14 years.

Total annual production was 300 dozen bottles from one hectare of Pinot Noir; two thirds of a hectare of Cabernet Sauvignon and a few rows of Malbec; one hectare of Traminer.

 

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