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Downing Estate

Address: 19 Drummonds Ln, Heathcote, Victoria 3523

Phone: 03 5433 3387  |  Mobile: 0428 694 935  |  Fax: 03 5433 3389  


Downing Estate Vineyard a family-owned and run business was established in 1995. The vineyard is located in Heathcote, two hours north of Melbourne in Central Victoria. The estate can be found on the corner of Drummonds Lane and Northern Highway, six kilometres from the township of Heathcote.

Downing Estate Vineyard produces one hundred per cent estate grown Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sparkling Shiraz. The vineyard is planted with Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot, operating on a philosophy of low-yield, high quality fruit driven wines. The vines run north-south on vertical shoot positioning trellis, allowing the new canes to be lifted to gain maximum exposure to the sun.

The wine is then matured in barrels for 24 months, allowing the quality of the fruit, tannins, acid and oak sufficient time to fully integrate forming a complex, soft and well-balanced wine.

The first wines were produced in 1999 and each vintage has continued to surpass the previous vintage. In 2007 the Downing Estate's 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon, won the "Best Cabernet in Victoria Annual Award" at the Federation Square Wine Awards

Downing Estate features very highly in the Australian Wine Companion with wine expert James Halliday giving us a five star rating.

We have a wine club known as the "Decanter Club" where members will receive all the latest release dates, wine news and various specials throughout the year. To become a member simply log on to their website and follow the prompts.

All wines are available at Downing Estate's cellar door or via mail order.

You will also find Downing Estate wines at selected restaurants and retail outlets in Melbourne. Wine tastings are welcome by appointment and they are open on all long weekends.

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