The Character of Dalwhinnie
Hailed by critics and wine lovers alike, Dalwhinnie has been growing grapes for nearly 50 years and is now a fully mature vineyard, producing ultra-premium wines that are distinctive, elegant and reflect the benefit of a dry-grown vineyard.
Dalwhinnie is located near the small village of Moonambel in the heart of the Pyrenees region of western Victoria, Australia and is a super-premium producer of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
At 595 metres above sea level, Dalwhinnie is the highest and most remote of the Pyrenees district vineyards. Surrounded and sheltered by the highest range, this unique bowl of vines is located in a naturally undulating trough which falls away from the hills, forming an amphitheatre nestled into the ranges.
The site was originally purchased by Ewan Jones, an architect, in 1973 and named after the Scottish Highlands town of his Scottish ancestors. He planted the vineyard after deep ripping (twice) the vine rows, removing trees and rock picking the site.
In 1983 Ewan's eldest son, David, took over the management of the vineyard, and later owned and operated Dalwhinnie from 1994 to January 2020 when it was acquired by Fogarty Wine Group.
Now part of the Fogarty Wine Group portfolio, Dalwhinnie keeps good company alongside Lake's Folly in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales; Lowestoft and Tasmanian Vintners in Tasmania; and Deep Woods Estate, Evans & Tate, Millbrook Winery and Smithbrook Wines in Western Australia.