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Matt Harrop

Winemaker and manager, Shadowfax, Werribee

Now an experienced winemaker, Matt started working in wineries at 17, attending Roseworthy Agricultural College in South Australia.  In his winery travels, he spent time in the picturesque vineyards of Italy and Moldova, and worked at the Brokenwood Winery in the Hunter Valley and at Nautilus in New Zealand.

He has been at the Shadowfax Winery and Vineyard since its first vintage in 1999. Shadowfax produces 13,000 cases of wine each year, and grows Shiraz in five vineyards, each of which is bottled separately. Each wine is carefully crafted by the talented Harrop, and the five vineyards are maintained by a dedicated crew of workers under his direction.

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Shadowfax Wines, Werribee, Victoria, Australia

Shadofax Winery and Vineyard

Get a taste for Matt's work at Shadowfax. Located in Werribee, it's the closest winery to Melbourne’s CBD and has a restaurant and tasting room.

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Hell of the North, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Hell of the North

Just off Smith Street, in Fitzroy, this bar and bistro is a favourite with terrific food, great service and, very importantly, a really good wine...

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Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Royal Botanic Gardens

A favourite weekend spot for Matt, the Royal Botanic Gardens is a city sanctuary. It's a great place to relax and enjoy gardens, lakes and wildlife.

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Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove, Red Hill

Victoria's wineries

Victoria has wineries all over the place. It has more wineries that any other state in Australia – Mornington Peninsula alone has more than 50.

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Ocean Grove beach, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Ocean Grove Beach

A great place to hang out along the Great Ocean Road, this beach stretches to the mouth of the Barwon River and is great for swimming and surfing.

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