Robert and Vivienne Ritchie planted their vineyard in 1968 on the family property, nestled within the foothills of Mount Buller, before establishing Delatite Wines in 1982. Their son, David, took over the reins in 2006. The Ritchie family’s century-long connection to the property means that they understand the land; the result is varieties that truly reflect the vineyard’s unique terroir. The dedication to quality in both the vineyard and wine is evident in the many awards the winery has received. Delatite Winery is a 5-red star winery, as rated in the Halliday Wine Companion (since 2009) and has received numerous trophies and medals in various categories in Australian wine shows.
Delatite Winery boasts picturesque views of the mountains in the High Country, with lots of space for children and pets to roam around. The restaurant serves up simple, unassuming food made from fresh and local ingredients. Delatite Wines values sustainable winemaking, with no additives or wild yeast, and offers a range of great events to be enjoyed all year-round.
Recognised for producing delicate, aromatic and elegant varieties, Delatite Wines specialises in white, red, rose, sparkling, ‘natural’ and its schnapps! In particular, the winery produces a delicious honey and saffron gewürztraminer schnapps, a pure gewürztraminer schnapps, and a lemon myrtle schnapps with delicate flavours. All wines are made on-site from hand-picked, estate-grown grapes, wild yeast-only fermentations, and the reds are unfiltered and un-fined. All of the estate and reserve block wines are also vegan friendly, with no fish, milk, or egg products used in the winemaking process.
Visitors are made very welcome at the cellar door, which is open daily for free tastings, and food available from 11:00am. Monthly members/friends tastings, as well as dinners and events, are held at the winery with its spectacular views across the Victorian Alps. A new cellar door and kitchen with inside dining for eighty (and outside for another 100) will open in October 2020.
⇐ Estate Pinot Noir
Quite deeply coloured for a pinot, this wine has a deep garnet colour. It offers black cherry aromas with earthy notes of forest floor. In the mouth, the wine has a burst of red and black cherry flavour with sweet charry oak and a silky tannin backbone.
⇐ Estate Cuvee Pinot Noir ‘Demelza’
This wine has a delightful salmon blush with a nose of tart strawberries. The palate shows more strawberry sherbet-type flavour with overtones of patisserie and floral hints. As a traditionally made sparkling (spending twenty-four months on lees), the bead is very fine and persistent with a long and refreshing finish on the back of the palate.
⇐ Estate Tempranillo (14% Graciano)
Deep red purple colours showcase a wine of depth and sophistication. The nose is intense with fruit aromas of blackberry and plum with hints of tobacco. The palate is powerful with further strong blackberry flavours with toasty sweet oak characters and elements of cinnamon and nutmeg. The wine has a long finish with immense varietal strength and lovely mouth-coating tannins.
⇐ Estate Riesling
This wine has delightful pale colouration with some hints of green. The nose is very delicate with elements of jasmine and citrus blossom. On the palate this apparently shy wine opens up with a rush of lemon sorbet flavour and a wonderful zing of acidic freshness down the palate. With flavours of lemon and lime that lingers long after the wine has been swallowed.
Corner of Stoney Road and Pollards Road, Mansfield
Open 10:00am–5:00pm daily. Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day
Locally produced grazing platters and pizzas. Open 10:30am–4:30pm daily
Weddings & Functions
Max seated 160 and 200 standing