Baileys of Glenrowan:
Baileys of Glenrowan is a premium quality winery, steeped in history, specialising in fine red wines and luscious fortifieds. Established in 1870, Baileys has taken the best of the old vineyard winemaking techniques and combined these with modern winemaking skills to produce outstanding wines. Baileys wines have won much critical acclaim. The wines have a cult following, partly due to their... Read more
Baileys of Glenrowan is a premium quality winery, steeped in history, specialising in fine red wines and luscious fortifieds. Established in 1870, Baileys has taken the best of the old vineyard winemaking techniques and combined these with modern winemaking skills to produce outstanding wines. Baileys wines have won much critical acclaim. The wines have a cult following, partly due to their excellent reputation for developing well with age. Baileys is a medium sized winery of 143 hectares under vine, all the grapes for our wines are grown in the vineayard and the winemaking is completed on site. Many traditional winemaking techniques are used at Baileys, including the restored 100 year-old Basket Press. The ‘hands–on’ effort required for the grape growing and winemaking is testament to the passion of the Baileys team. The wines are not the only attraction at Baileys of Glenrowan. The original Baileys family settlers were inspired in their choice of location, for as well as the perfect vine-growing terroir, Baileys vineyards are situated in a beautiful area at the foot of the Warby Ranges. When arriving at Baileys, visitors meander beyond an original blacksmith forge, through a peppercorn avenue, past long-standing stone Clydesdale stables and the original block of Shiraz planted in 1904. The end of this picturesque track opens to landscaped grounds, where a traditional welcome awaits you in the 100 year-old cellar door. Enjoy the cosy open ﬁre in the cooler months, or make use of the picnic grounds and barbecue facilities in the warmer season. Browse through the contemporary art gallery and museum, presenting heritage at its best. Enjoy lazy weekend lunches at the Old Block Cafe - Have an Espresso Coffee, Hot chocolate or Tea with delicious biscuits and nougat any time of the week. Baileys of Glenrowan is located five kilometres west of the township of Glenrowan and 230 kilometres northeast of Melbourne. The Baileys winemaking story began in the 1860s, when Richard Bailey and his young family arrived in Australia. They set up a store in Glenrowan to supply miners on nearby goldfields. This store was located alongside the famous Anne Jones Inn where the Kelly gang siege was to take place. As the goldfields dried up and the miners moved on, the Bailey family turned to farming instead and settled on a property which they named "Bundarra" near Glenrowan. Back then, rural life was tough and lonely and the Glenrowan countryside was barren and unforgiving. But the Baileys persevered, eventually planting one of the district’s first vineyards. In 1870, Richard and his son Varley proudly produced their first vintage. It was gold of a very different hue but gold nevertheless, and the birth of an Australian legend! The Bailey property remained a winemaking success from then on, with the winemaking mantle passed on from father to son through the generations. During that time, the region was terrorised by the bushranger Ned Kelly, who was finally captured in 1880 at Glenrowan - just a short gallop from Baileys. Far more terrifying than Ned, though, was the outbreak in the 1890s of phylloxera. Whilst only tiny, this parasitic pest devastated Victoria’s early wine industry. Many vineyards were ordered to destroy their vines, and many heartbroken winemakers simply walked off their ravaged land, never to return. But once the phylloxera scourge had passed, the Bailey family replanted in 1904 on phylloxera-resistant rootstock - and soon the family’s famous red wine flowed again! The original 1904 Block, planted with Shiraz, continues to produce outstanding wines to this day. This Shiraz, full of flavour, quickly built a reputation - and a loyal following. Further plantings of Shiraz, Muscat and Tokay took place in the 1920s. Recent improvements to the Baileys of Glenrowan site have ensured the success of the winery for generations to come. Plantings throughout the 1950s to the 1990s have seen the vineyards increase to 143 hectares, with an annual crush of 1600 to 1800 tonnes. New, state-of-the art winemaking equipment was built in 1998. At the same time, we restored the 100-year-old basket press to ensure that our tradition lives on in our wines. The restoration and upgrade of our cellar door in 2000 completed the recent improvements and enabled us to share the heritage and the full Baileys experience with all our visitors. Today the Baileys winery is a boutique operation that showcases the best of both worlds, with modern winemaking facilities complemented by traditional techniques and very old vines. Read less
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