Windy Ridge Winery vineyard was planted in 1978 by Dr Chris Hill. We built the winery, and made the first wines in 1988. Each year since then, except 1992 & 1993, up until it closed in 2015 it produced PINOT NOIR and a CABERNET SAUVIGNON & 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 riped slowly, developing intense varietal flavours and deep rich colours in the reds. After open vat fermentation & soft basket
pressing, they matured the red wines for up to five years in a mix of old and new French &/or American oak. When released, the unfiltered wines continued 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 produced 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.
BOTTLESWINDY RIDGE WINERY was opened September 1995.
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.
The winery was OPEN FOR CELLAR DOOR TASTINGS AND SALES most holiday
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