Mount Ophir Estate

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Burgoyne's Rd
Rutherglen VIC 3685
Australia
Phone: 02 6032 8920
Mobile: 0417 226 932
Fax: 02 6032 9911
Email: mountophir@bigpond.com

Mount Ophir Estate is located in Rutherglen, in North-East Victoria, in the Legends, Wine and High Country area. Accomodation and cafe on site.

The historic Mt Ophir Estate rises majestically above the gently rolling plains to the south-east of the small township of Rutherglen in the north east of Victoria, Australia.

Blessed with gloriously long hours of sunlight from December through to March followed by beneficial cool airflows from the nearby high country during the dormant season, Rutherglen has become one of the world's premier wine regions.

Established in 1891 by the English wine merchant, Peter Bond Burgoyne, Mt Ophir Estate became the largest state-of-the-art wine making facility in the world. “BY APPOINTMENT TO HIS MAJESTY THE KING” on a plaque, above the entrance, saluted all who entered.

The distinctive architecture of the magnificent French Provincial tower, along with the Cape Dutch cellars, are some of the estates most obvious attractions. The hand-made red brick winery buildings resembl the colours of Uluru at sunset.

Although the halcyon days when 740 acres of vines were tended by more than 30 workers to meet the demand for its generous reds and richly fortified wines are long gone, the current owner, Ruth Hennessy has revitalized the residual 140 acre estate with her vision and passion.

She has lovingly attended the replanting of 10 acres of vines, re-established gardens, and orchards, planted an olive grove together with thousands of Australian native trees to enhance remnant vegetation hundreds of years old. Along with introducing emu and deer to this magnificent landscape, original estate houses now restored, make up the complex creating a truly unique accommodation and organic farm experience.

Through her nurturing hands Ruth is restoring the natural balance to the environment where one can literally hear the sound of the grapes growing.

As in the times of yore, the vines are tended without the use of toxic chemical inputs. Quality above quantity is the philosophy behind the handmade wines produced utilising a simple basket press to ensure the fruit is not bruised.

Limited releases of the Mt Ophir Estate Shiraz are available for those who value sound production methods and the many benefits to health and social well being while not foregoing flavour.

 

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  • Legends, Wine and High Country (NE Victoria)
  • North East Victoria
  • Rutherglen

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