The philosophy at Warramunda Estate is simple yet absolutely unwavering – a commitment to produce wines, which reflect our love for the land and a passion for excellence.
The name ‘Warramunda’ – believed to be Aboriginal for ‘wait for tomorrow’ – aligns with our long-term vision of managing a sustainable, productive vineyard. We produce bespoke wines, which truly reflect the natural expression of the site and provenance of Coldstream in the Yarra Valley.
We are proud to call the Yarra Valley home and hope you come to love it too through the flavour of our wines grown at Warramunda Estate.
Our Cellar Door
A visit to Warramunda Estate is a visit to our home. Our small cellar door is an extension of our family house, where you’ll get to meet Robert, Irene, Liv and our four-legged friends, Layla, Ralph and Dita Von Pussycat.
Open Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 6pm, you are invited to explore the range of Warramunda Estate and Liv Zak Wines currently available.
Or you can sit down in the sunshine to enjoy a glass of wine and bite to eat from our tasty food menu.
Ted Vogt purchased the original Warramunda property in 1975 and operated a cattle and sheep stud known as ‘Warramunda Station’. In 1980 the property was extended by an extra 320 acres. With the Yeringberg Creek running through the land, a large dam was built in 1981 and it now supports three vineyards and a grazing property.
In the spring of 1998, Ted’s son Rod – a scientist turned farmer with a passion for soil – had the vision and the experience to plant a first-class vineyard. To harness the landscape’s unique geology, Rod planted Cabernet Sauvignon followed by Pinot Noir, Marsanne, Viognier and Shiraz. Apart from a small amount kept for housemade wine, the Warramunda Estate grapes were sold on to local wineries including Yering Station.
We purchased ‘Warramunda Vineyards’ from the Vogt family in 2007 and renamed the vineyard ‘Warramunda Estate’. Under the guidance of respected winemaker, Ben Haines, we produced our first Warramunda Estate vintage in 2013.
The wines exceeded our expectations and enabled us to establish a firm direction for our wine – bespoke, handcrafted wines, which reflect our site, our vineyard and the quality of our fruit.
Our Cellar Door opened in 2014. The Cellar Door is a small extension of our home, and we invite you to take your time with a glass of wine and a taste from our food menu in the sunshine and enjoy our incredible valley views.
At the end of 2017 we hope to have a new winery and cellar door building under construction. The future and the passion we have for Warramunda Estate is bright. We hope you continue to come with us on the journey.
We make Warramunda Estate wines to reflect ‘their terroir’ – the distinct place in which they are grown in Coldstream. As such, the work we do in the vineyard is vital.
Covering some fifty-five acres, the vineyard has a mix of Syrah, Cabernet, Marsanne, Viognier and Pinot Noir plantings. In 2015, we converted 23 rows of Cabernet Sauvignon to include Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot, in a plan to produce a Bordeaux blend in future.
Work in the vineyard focuses on providing the vines with the optimum ability to produce impressive fruit every vintage, regardless of the weather and conditions. We are in the process of arch-cane pruning all blocks and we use only organic sprays to keep fungus, harmful insects and disease at bay. Our vineyard team spends a considerable amount of time attending to each vine in each vineyard block to ensure the vines are lifted, thinned, healthy and reflecting their natural growth patterns.
The Yarra Valley is one of Australia’s most-famed cool climate wine regions. The mild, temperate climate of warm summers, crisp winters and generous winter/spring rainfall create the ideal environment for producing premium wine grapes.
Our northerly aspect, ensures our vines receive maximum sunshine exposure which is essential for balanced grape development and vine growth.
Much of the estate straddles bedrock composed of sedimentary sandstone and a series of sub and topsoils. The soil is relatively acidic but quite porous providing favourable drainage.
The position and attributes of the vineyard are close to perfect for the varieties we grow. The vines are north-facing and on a downward slope, providing essential drainage down to the flats of the Yarra River.
We are just a short distance from the Warramate Hills which provide a natural shield, and where we are nestled along with well-established winery neighbours such as Yeringberg, Oakridge, Coldstream Hills and Yarra Yering.
Warramunda Estate’s wines appeal equally to the learned wine connoisseur and those new to the art and science of wine. The wines are bursting with personality and drinkability yet will cellar well should you prefer a more mature wine.
The grape varieties we grow are well suited to our vineyard site and we are proud of the fruit expression we are able to achieve in our wines.
Our philosophy is to utilise our intuition and connection to place, honed through our experience and tempered with the assurance of skilled winemaking science.
Well-respected winemaker, Ben Haines crafts our wines through a careful selection of fruit and monitoring each vat and barrel of wine, before creating the final blend.
Warramunda Estate wine is made from fruit grown exclusively on the home-estate and only the best barrels will be bottled for each variety. This means the quantities can vary each year depending on the vintage and natural expression of the fruit.
The remaining barrels are blended to the Liv Zak Wine label and we occasionally purchase additional fruit from other vineyard sites in the Yarra Valley for Liv Zak.
Currently the wines are made off-site but by 2018 we intend to bring all winemaking and bottling operations on-site at Warramunda Estate.
The Ryrie Brothers first settled the area in 1837, driving their cattle herd south from NSW and establishing a 17,000 hectare farm on the site of Yering Station. James, Donald and William planted two varieties of grapes in 1838 but cattle was their main concern.
Paul de Castella purchased the property from the Ryrie Brothers in 1850 and wine-grape production in Victoria became a growing industry. Many hectares began to be planted to wine grape varieties, under familiar labels such as Yeringberg, and St Huberts but by 1921, the Yarra Valley wine industry was in serious decline and most of the region was converted to cattle grazing pastures.
In 1968, Wantirna Estate and soon after in 1969 Yarra Yering were established. This signalled a rebirth of the Yarra Valley industry and vineyards began to emerge across the region. In 2015, the region processed 1.67 million tonnes of wine grapes and had approximately 3,000 hectares under vine.
Today, the region is recognised as home to some of the best wines Australia produces. It is also one of Victoria’s most important food bowls with quick and direct access to the markets and ports of Melbourne. Stonefruit, apple, pear, cherry, strawberry as well as olive, milk, cheese, beef, lamb, pork and vegetable farms are just a few of the agribusiness activities that thrive in the region.
Whether it’s wine or something else that brings you to the Yarra Valley you will be surprised by the range of food, wine and activities on offer.
The three highways of Maroondah, Melba and Warburton and the three delightful villages of Healesville, Warburton and Yarra Glen provide good reference points from which to plan your day
You can explore farm gates, breweries, charming restaurants, expansive nature reserves and the famous Healesville Sanctuary.
There is also a range of adventure activities such as hot air ballooning, bike riding and lots of snow fun in winter.
One day is never enough in the Yarra Valley.