The Estate

YARRAWOOD ESTATE is situated in the heart of the world renowned cool climate wine growing region of the Yarra Valley. The ESTATE is internationally acclaimed for producing fine hand-crafted single vineyard wines.

Situated on the floor of the valley, the ESTATE is 150 acres in size. The mild climate of the valley allows for gradual, extended fruit ripening. Restricted yields and mindful winemaking enables the production of exceptional wines that are rooted in the purity and quality of the fruit.

National and international success has been achieved with the regional backbone varietals of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and the ESTATE has also been honoured with a multitude of accolades for their other leading varietals including Shiraz, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Click on the map below to discover more about each individual block of the ESTATE.

Cabernet Sauvignon - Block 1a
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Cabernet Sauvignon - Block 1a

The larger of our two Cabernet blocks, the block covers 14.82 acres. This block is situated on the rich fertile soils that surround Steels Creek. The upper horizon of the soil profile consists of a well-drained deep rich clay loam sitting on a bed of black clay. Row orientation is North-South. This block is cane pruned on a V.S.P trellis.
Chardonnay - Block 2b
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Chardonnay - Block 2b

The block is situated on the western most boundary of our Estate covering 6.58 acres. Rows are orientated in a North-South direction. On the eastern, lower lying section of the block the soil is a deep clay loam. Cane pruning is utilized to control canopy vigour. Travelling to the west, the block gently rises with an easterly aspect to the boundary. Soil is a silty loam sitting on a bed of clay loam. Spur pruning is elected for the less vigorous elevated section of the block.
Cabernet Sauvignon - Block 1b
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Cabernet Sauvignon - Block 1b

This block is situated on the southern boundary of the Estate and consists of over 4500 vines. Row orientation is North-South. The soil is a light clay loam sitting on a deep black clay. This block is cane pruned on a V.S.P trellis.
Riesling - Block 5
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Riesling - Block 5

Our Riesling block sits at a lower elevation, adjacent to Steels Creek and covers some 3.55 acres. The location is most favourable for Riesling, offering a slow and extended ripening period. The site has a deep clay loam creating well-drained soil, while still having the ability to maintain good soil moisture. Vines are grown on a V.S.P. trellis, hosting a double cordon to allow for fruit distribution across the trellis. From this block we create both our fresh Autumn Harvest Riesling and our Botrytis Riesling dessert wine.
Merlot - Block 3a and Block 3b
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Merlot - Block 3a and Block 3b

Planted against the picturesque backdrop of Steels Creek are our two Merlot blocks. Featuring a North-South row orientation, the blocks total 13.1 acres. The soil is a deep loam sitting on a bed of black clay which is common along the surrounds of Steels Creek. Vines are spur pruned on a V.S.P trellis.
Pinot Noir - Block 4a, Block 4b and Block 4c
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Pinot Noir - Block 4a, Block 4b and Block 4c

A total of over 25,600 vines make up our three Pinot Noir blocks that rise from the eastern bank of Steels Creek. Featuring a westerly orientation, the blocks sit on well-drained clay loam soil and enjoy good air flow emanating from the air stream running the length of Steels Creek. The blocks feature two clones of Pinot Noir vines: MV6 and D5V12. The clones are unique in their growing habits and fruit characteristics, and offer highly complementary building blocks to the wine. Our Pinot Noir vines are cane pruned on a V.S.P trellis.
Verdelho - Block 8
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Verdelho - Block 8

This block is nestled just below our Sauvignon Blanc (Block 6b) and covers 1.45 Acres of the Estate. This is a cane pruned block using a double cordon method to allow fruit distribution across the vine canopy on a V.S.P trellis. Row orientation is East-West and the soil is a deep clay loam sitting on a bed of black clay.
Sauvignon Blanc - Block 6a
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Sauvignon Blanc - Block 6b

This block is located on the northern boundary of the Estate alongside Gulf Road and covers 1.46 acres of the property rising from the banks of Steels Creek. The soil consists of a well-drained deep clay loam and the block is of a southerly aspect. Row orientation is East-West. Established vegetation alongside the Gulf Rd boundary provides protection from warmer northerly winds, while cool air running the length of Steels Creek flows up the rise and along the rows providing welcome relief from the heat of Summer.
Cellar Door
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Cellar Door

YARRAWOOD ESTATE’s Cellar Door & Café enjoys outstanding 360-degree views over our immaculate vineyard, picturesque lake, and the Yarra Valley beyond. Visitors are welcome to sample our full range of YARRAWOOD Tall Tales wines, or simply just relax with a glass of wine and a delicious meal. During the summer months’ live music is performed every weekend on the lawn. Lawn rugs and games are available, so bring the whole family and enjoy the best of the Yarra Valley all in the one place.
Shiraz - Block 7
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Shiraz - Block 7

This block occupies a commanding, Captain’s position in the North-East of the Estate, overlooking our grand driveway and picturesque lake, with views that stretch to the Dandenong ranges. This block is substantial, consisting of over 11,200 vines. Located at the most elevated point of the property with a southerly aspect, this block is the perfect site for growing premium Shiraz. The soil is a shallow clay loam sitting on a bed of clay and local mud stone. Vines are cane pruned on a yearly basis.
Sauvignon Blanc - Block 6b
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Sauvignon Blanc - Block 6a

This block is located on the southern side of the Estate’s grand driveway and covers some 6.78 acres. Sitting in a natural amphitheatre the block is bounded by the Melba Hwy and our picturesque lake. The variation in elevation and microclimate provides for development of a broad spectrum of complex and complimentary fruit qualities. The soil throughout the block is a deep clay loam sitting on a bed of light clay. Row orientation is north-south. Pruning method used in this block is cane on a V.S.P trellis.
Chardonnay - Block 2a
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Chardonnay - Block 2a

This Chardonnay block wraps around our Cellar Door, in the centre of the Estate. Consisting of 11.15 acres, with a North-South row orientation, the block runs down to the banks of our picturesque lake, with a southerly aspect. The soil is a light clay loam sitting on out crops of mudstone. Vines are spur pruned on a V.S.P trellis.

Our Wine Philosophy

At YARRAWOOD ESTATE we believe that the foundation for exceptional wine starts in the vineyard. Careful and considered management of the vines allow us to meticulously construct wines that are truly reflective of our unique and rich terroir

The Vines

Harvest

Wine Making