Wren Estate is a boutique winery in Heathcote Victoria. We are located in Mt. Camel, which lies in the heart of Central Heathcote, 10 minutes north of the town of Heathcote. Heathcote is famous for producing world class Shiraz.
Wren Estate is a boutique winery in the heart of the premium wine region of Heathcote, in Central Victoria, famed for high quality Shiraz production. The 500-550 million year old Cambrian soils that run through central Heathcote and the cool nights provide the perfect conditions for grape production.
The soils and climate of Heathcote are unique and contribute to the world class wines produced here. The red Cambrian soils that run through central Heathcote are over 500 millions years old and are the oldest soils in Victoria. The have a unique composition that Shiraz responds to incredibly well. The cool weather that runs through the Mt Camel range in central Heathcote also drops the temperature by 2-3 degrees compared to regions around it and this contributes an intense brightness and freshness in the wines.
Winemaking & Winemaker
Michael has spent over 15 years in the wine industry and his passion for wine has taken him across the world. After completing his degree in Oenology (Winemaking) at the University of Adelaide he spent the next 10 years doing vintages around the world including as a flying winemaker for Esporao, one of Portugal’s best producers. He has also done vintages in the Napa Valley in the U.S, the Yarra Valley, Nagambie and Mudgee as well as spending time researching Shiraz in the Rhone Valley in France. After working in many regions, Michael set his sights on Heathcote to start his own project. The soil quality, intricate and unique balance of climate and temperature conditions and the incredible fruit that results from these conditions made Heathcote the region of choice. He was lucky enough to find the vineyard he was looking for in 2017 and the winery was quickly put together just in time for the 2018 vintage.
Michael uses his knowledge and experience gained over more than 20 vintages around the to produce wines that reflect the best of Old and New World techniques. The use of ‘lagares’ (low, open fermenters) that have been a feature of Douro (Portuguese Port wine producing region) wineries for centuries are particular favourite of Michael’s to ensure the highest quality wine. Hand picking, whole bunches included in the ferment and foot treading are also features of Michael’s winemaking that give Wren Estate wines a point of difference that is reflected in the wines.
Our Vineyard in Heathcote
This is an incredibly special vineyard. The Mt. Camel range sits in Central Heathcote and sits right along the thin line of the 500 million-plus year old red Cambrian soils that make Heathcote soil so highly sought after, so do not miss visiting Wren Estate when you do a winery tour near Heathcote or Bendigo Victoria. Michael was immediately drawn to the vineyard due to the clonal and rootstock selections that the vineyard contained. There are 16 different clone and rootstock combinations in the Shiraz alone. This produces a wonderful diversity of Shiraz styles, and Michael hand picks, ferments and ages each block separately to allow the individual character of each batch to shine through. The Merlot has also thrived in this location. It normally ripens later than usual and seems to love the extra hang time it receives here. The Malbec block produces very pretty and aromatic wines and our Marsanne compliments the range nicely. Visit our Vineyard in Heathcote today!
Cellar Door In Heathcote
We are one of the best cellar doors in Heathcote and Australia wide. Start your ultimate winery experience at Wren Estate’s Cellar Door! Located in Heathcote, Wren Estate is about 90 mins driving from Melbourne.
Our team is ready to take you on the journey to explore the secrets and backstory of each wine! Come & visit our brand new cellar door here in Heathcote, where tasting beautiful wines is only a part of your experience.