STAKEHILL ESTATE WINERY

Hand-made wines everyone can enjoy.

Tasting room open every day of the week in Summer and weekends during Winter

Please call us if you want to arrange a mid-week tasting during Winter

Grape Varieties

All our grapes are hand picked, and processed on-site.

Taminga

The Taminga grape variety was created by the CSIRO in Mildura by combining riesling, gewurztraminer and the little-known Spanish variety farana. It is a particularly high yielding, late-ripening variety suited to irrigation and hot climates.

Chenin

A variety of white wine grape originally from the Loire valley in France. Its high acidity means it can be used to make everything from sparkling wines to well-balanced dessert wines

Chardonnay

A green-skinned grape variety used to make white wine. It is believed to have originated in the Burgundy wine region of eastern France but is now grown wherever wine is produced.

Tarrango

A red grape variety used in Australian wine production. This slow-ripening grape was created in 1965 by the CSIRO Horticultural Research Station at Merbein in Victoria, Australia, as a hybrid of Touriga Nacional and Sultana in order to create wines of good acidity, but low in tannin. Its wines are often similar to Beaujolais in style.

Merlot

A red wine grape that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. Merlot is one of the primary grapes in Bordeaux wine where it is the most widely planted grape.

Durif

Durif is a variety of black grape widely grown to make full-bodied red wines in its native Spain. It is more commonly used as a blend in new world wineries, frequently with Grenache.

Grenache

One of the most widely planted red wine grape varieties in the world. It is generally spicy, berry-flavoured and soft on the palate with a relatively high alcohol content.

Shiraz

A dark-skinned grape grown throughout the world and used primarily to produce powerful red wines. Also known as Syrah.

In 1831, the Scotsman James Busby, often called "the Father of Australian viticulture", made a trip back to Europe to collect cuttings from vines (primarily from France and Spain) for introduction to Australia.

Wines made from Shiraz are often quite powerfully flavoured and full-bodied. The variety produces wines with a wide range of flavour notes, depending on the climate and soils where it is grown, as well as other viticultural practices chosen. Aroma characters can range from violets to berries (usually dark as opposed to red), chocolate, espresso and black pepper. No one aroma can be called "typical" though blackberry and pepper are often noticed.

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