Granite Hills is one of Australia’s highest and most picturesque vineyards – perched atop the spectacular boulder-strewn hills of the Great Dividing Range at 550m altitude, and only one hour’s drive north of Melbourne. Since the first planting in 1970, Granite Hills’ wines have amassed in excess of 500 awards at Australian and international wine shows, making it one of the region’s most acclaimed wineries.
Granite Hills’ owner and winemaker, Llew Knight, is a cool-climate wine enthusiast. His winemaking philosophy is to coax the most pronounced flavours from classic varieties using a range of winemaking and oak-management techniques, creating distinctive cool-climate wine styles that are marked by their complexity and ageing ability.
Granite Hills is a must-visit if you are in the Macedon Ranges. Experience some of the most exciting wines in the region, including grüner veltliner, riesling, chardonnay, pinot blanc, gamay, pinot noir, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and a benchmark peppery shiraz.
⇐ 2018 Granite Hills Riesling
Granite Hills’ ancient granite soils, high altitude and cool evening temperatures provide its nearing 50-year-old vines with a natural balance and rare purity of fruit. With more than 44 vintages, the winery’s riesling has been awarded 36 trophies, including The Victorian Trophy for White Wines of Provenance at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards in 2014 and again in 2017, bolstering this cool-climate Australian riesling as one of the region’s best.
⇐ 2018 Granite Hills Gruner Veltliner
Relatively new to Australia, this intriguing varietal was selected and planted at the family vineyard due to its viticultural link with riesling and renowned success in the cool-granite soils of homeland Austria. A perfect pairing with food, enjoy this wine’s hearty aromatics of stone fruit, lovely rounded palate and fresh, spicy finish.
⇐ 2017 Granite Hills Gamay Noir
Although relatively small quantities are grown in Australia, gamay is developing much interest. Renowned for its success when grown in the cool and elevated granite soils in central France, this varietal is very well suited to the site. Enjoy this wine chilled, and embrace its lovely fragrant fruit, vibrancy of character and freshness.
⇐ 2014 Granite Hills Shiraz
For those who have a penchant for peppery shiraz, or anyone with an adventurous palate, this vintage of Granite Hills is not to be missed.
Big peppery aromas, dark-berry fruits and fragrant French oak all converge to a beautifully balanced, long-flavoured wine. A cracker of a vintage, this wine is best enjoyed aged up to 15 years.
1481 Burke and Wills Track,
Open 11:00am–5:00pm daily
Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
Weddings & Functions
Personalised wine tastings with the winemaker, guided tours by request, panoramic views of Central Victoria and annual Budburst Wine Festival held in November