Windy Ridge Winery

+61 3 5682 2035 ~~ +61 416 192 264 527 Fish Creek-Foster Road
Foster, 3960
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In 1985 we purchased the vineyard which had been planted in 1978 by Dr Chris Hill. We built the winery, and made the first wines in 1988. Each year since then, except 1992 & 1993, we have made a PINOT NOIR and a CABERNET SAUVIGNON & MALBEC blend. We also now offer tiny quantities of dry TRAMINER. Being the southern-most winery on the Australian mainland approximately 150km/95miles south-east of Melbourne, within 5km/3miles of the coast overlooking WILSON'S PROMONTORY; Latitude 38.6 degrees South) our unirrigated grapes ripen slowly, developing intense varietal flavours and deep rich colours in the reds. After open vat fermentation & soft basket pressing, we mature the red wines for up to five years in a mix of old and new French &/or American oak. When released, the unfiltered wines will continue to develop in fruitiness and complexity, and slowly soften and improve for at least 8 to 10 years from the year of vintage.

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  • Traminer

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • I once, a few years back, almost pulled the trigger on a real estate purchase in the hills back behind the Big Sur coastline. Was reminiscing on that today, and wondered why I never hear about wine from that area. Is it because I'm so far away and out of touch and there actually are barrels and barrels of wine being made there, or because the cu... Read More

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  • Our friend, Outthere, has made us aware of the Historic Vineyard Society, and I, personally, have enjoyed reading about his experiences with the society, and his interactions with some of the producers who source from these vineyards.  Yesterday, Mrs. Emark handed me an article entitled "The Battle for America's Oldest Vines" that she had clippe... Read More

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  • We're heading back to (my favorite wine region) Russian River the first weekend in October and are looking for advice on what to do and what to expect.  We've been to RRV several times but only during the off season.  Is there anything special we should do at this time of year, and conversely, is there anything we should avoid? Read More

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  • I am so behind, but went here summer of 2011 with some friends.  We enjoyed lots of sights and meals in Olympia and Seattle.  Of course, the trip warranted some wine time.  We had fun visits at Ste Michelle where we tasted:2010 Horse Heaven Hills Sauv Blanc2008 Cold Creek Chardonnay2010 Harvest Select Riesling2008 Muscat Canelli2008 Austral2008 ... Read More

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  • I am a dyed in the wool fan of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlots, Sangiovese's and a few Chardonnays and Pinot Grigio's. I am trying to widen my spectrum to include Pinot Noir's. I live in the Pacific Northwest so the Pinot Noir's are readily available due to the large varieties from Oregon.Before I embark on purchasing some different brands I would l... Read More

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  • Just a quick posting on a tasting we did last week.  We've been celebrating our tenth anniversary, and I stockpiled 2001s.  Good thing it was a strong vintage in so many places.  Of course, the 2001 Gran Reservas from Rioja are, in some cases, just hitting the market and are terrific values. We celebrated with a bottle we bought in the first cou... Read More

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  • Windy Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon & Malbec 1998

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    Very yummy. With delicate hints of...red wine!! Aged in a bottle.Do you have any more...PLEASE! Read More

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  • Windy Hill Estate Winery Pinot Noir 2003

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  • So, I'm new here in the Snooth office and put together my first "Weekly Wine News Roundup" this week (it will get better over time - especially with the help of the community).I've taken @dmcker's advice and started a topic about fast food wine pairings (Zagat had an interesting article about this topic that I featured in the Roundup). Anyone h... Read More

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  • This day began with a trip to Bouchon Bakery for breakfast and coffee for the road, as we were venturing way up north to Dry Creek.  Having met Brendan Malm of Malm Cellars at a tasting in Vegas, he invited us to visit his winery.  We made the trip and met him at the location where his facility will be.  It wa sin the infant stages, with infinit... Read More

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