Heathcote Winery, established in 1978, was one of the first commercial
wineries in Heathcote. The building dates back to 1854 when Thomas
Craven established ‘Craven’s Stores’
to cater for the produce needs of the huge influx of gold miners
seeking their fortune in the heady gold rush days.
Craven, an entrepreneurial type, also ran a coach service (depicted
in our logo) from stables behind Cellar Door, delivering supplies
and mail around Central Victoria, hence the significance of the
‘Mail Coach’ range.
In 1997 the winery was purchased by an independent group of wine
enthusiasts led by Stephen Wilkins. Stephen and his partners share a
passionate commitment to produce wines reflective of the Heathcote
Region but distinctly Heathcote Winery. The wines attest to this
commitment, delivering concentrated fruit aromas and flavours and
intense colour, but with a finishing elegance enhanced by splashes
Heathcote Winery is now meeting the demand for
wines truly reflective of the region, but with the Winery’s
individual stamp of innovation and excellence.
The Central Heathcote area, with its own unique
micro-climate, has the ability to produce shiraz styles with power
yet elegance, voluptuous fruit flavour when young, tending towards
flavours through the dark red fruit spectrum but avoiding stewed
fruit characters. Natural tannins seem to find their balance, adding
length to the palate.
Winter rains are followed by cold spring nights, a little more
rain, and then warm dry conditions through to harvest. The Heathcote
red soils, deriving from Cambrian greenstone, are free draining
and a touch hungry. Yields are naturally low.
The pioneers of Heathcote have created superb shiraz, reflecting
minimal intervention, and the natural attributes of the area have
been prominent in the wines. We share this passion to produce great
shiraz from our own vineyards, but with an individual handprint
that stamps our wine as, Heathcote Winery