The whites are Chardonnay, Viognier, Roussanne and Pinot Gris. Our reds are Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Tempranillo and Nebbiolo. For each variety a number of different clones have been planted. The vines were planted from 1999 and are now aged between three and ten years. Vines are predominantly planted on rootstock to protect from Phylloxera. However, we have some special blocks planted on their own roots. These were planted from outstanding Shiraz vineyards including the Brokenwood Graveyard, the Rayner Vineyard and Seville Estate Old Vine. Our Roussanne was grown with cuttings from Giaconda vineyard. Each block and variety are managed to achieve the very best from the grapes. Cabernet is spur pruned while the Pinot Noir is cane pruned to a Vertical Shoot Position system, allowing for effective canopy management. We also experiment with arch cane pruning. Intricate canopy work is carried out through the season ensure optimum vine balance and to maximise fruit characteristics and flavours. Shoot thinning, crop thinning and general management is all done by hand. Most fruit is also handpicked. The vineyard soils range from granitic sands to clay loams. Most of the vineyard is undulating North-South and East facing. This ensures maximum light interception, but minimises the harsh afternoon summer sun. The vineyard has a discrete microclimate. The diversity of blocks, aspects and clones provides interesting winemaking opportunities. ULTIMATE WINE TASTING EXPERIENCE Want even more from your winery visit? Take The Taste Experience... Explore and arouse your senses with the taste experience. Spend an hour gaining an appreciation not only of our wines but the range of tastes, flavours and smells that impact your senses. Using acclaimed Riedel glasses you will taste a flight of wines from the Indigo range. Explore the aromas to find why your nose is so important to enjoying wines and taste cheese and foods to explore how the flavours match. Cost: $20 per person * bookings essential ACCOMMODATION Stay at the Indigo Vineyard in our comfortable 4 bedroom 2 bathroom homestead. Set up a tab at the adjacent Cellar Door and spend your days lazing around, dining, drinking and soaking in the stunning property and views. This is also a perfect base for mountain biking and rail trail adventures. Our homestead is perfect for four couples or a large family group of 10. As it’s a country holiday you can sleep more people on the thick foam mattresses if you need to squeeze a few more kids in. Linen is provided for 10 guests. Your weekend is from lunchtime Friday and for just $40 extra you can stay on Sunday night too. There is undercover parking for 2 cars (or several motorbikes for those who tour that way). The homestead is comfortable and clean with a great open plan fully equipped kitchen, BBQ on the verandah, central heating and air-conditioning and the ‘must have’ slow burning combustion heater for those cold winter nights. What to do when you stay: Beechworth is history, amazing food and wines. The Homestead is located 8 minutes from town and is the perfect base to explore the region.