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Hanging Rock Winery
Hanging Rock Winery cellar door wine display

 

 

“It boasts an extensive range of wines, which showcase some of the best regions in Victoria.”

Hanging Rock Winery cellar door wine tasting station
Hanging Rock Winery

Hanging Rock Winery

Hanging Rock Winery

Hanging Rock Winery was established in 1983 and is located in Victoria’s coolest grape-growing region, the Macedon Ranges, just an easy one hour drive from Melbourne. In 1982, with a wealth of knowledge behind them, John and Ann Ellis decided to purchase a block of land to fulfil their dream of building their own winery and making Australia’s best sparkling wine. The block they chose, known as ‘Jim Jim’, was perfect. Many in the know would say that they have achieved their dream with the Hanging Rock Winery Macedon Brut Cuvée LD.

While they decided to build in the Macedon Ranges, they have always had a love and affiliation with Heathcote as a shiraz-growing region. In 1992, they planted the ‘Athol’s Paddock’ vineyard to produce the highly acclaimed Heathcote shiraz. While their roots and passion still lie in the Macedon Ranges and Heathcote, they have since expanded and now produce more than twenty-five wines covering most styles and varieties.

Hanging Rock Winery specialises in sparkling pinot noir/chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and shiraz. It also produces riesling, chardonnay and pinot gris in the whites, and shiraz, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernets in the reds. Ploughman’s-style lunchboxes and cheese platters from Cornelius Cheesemongers are available for purchase for guests wishing to enhance their wine-tasting experience.

Today, Hanging Rock Winery is one of the largest wineries in the Macedon Ranges, and it is still owned and run by the Ellis family, including John and Ann’s daughter Ruth and son Robert.

It boasts an extensive range of wines, which showcase some of the best regions in Victoria. As well as this, the Ellis family launched Hanging Rock Beef in 2014. The company offers specialised beef, cured beef products and beef hide through the cellar door.

Passion and expertise has resulted in an exciting and extensive range of wines that will bring you as much joy as it does to the makers.

Tasting Notes

NV Hanging Rock Winery Macedon Brut Cuvée
⇐ NV Hanging Rock Winery Macedon Brut Cuvée ​

This Macedon sparkling wine has been written up as Australia’s best by multiple wine writers in the country. It is made in a very full style thanks to its age. This wine spends four years on yeast lees in the barrel, and another four in the bottle before being disgorged.

2017 Hanging Rock Winery Jim Jim Sauvignon Blanc
⇐ 2018 Hanging Rock Winery Jim Jim Sauvignon Blanc

The grapes for this wine grow on Hanging Rock Winery’s estate, the ‘Jim Jim’. As one of the coolest vineyards in Australia, the wines produced at ‘Jim Jim’ are delicate and crisp. The winery also barrel-ferments around ten per cent of the wine, which adds depth to the palate.

2016 Hanging Rock Winery Heathcote Shiraz
⇐ 2017 Hanging Rock Winery Heathcote Shiraz ​

Before establishing Hanging Rock Winery, the Ellis family lived in Echuca and regularly drove through the Heathcote wine region. They fell in love with its potential to grow great shiraz and planted a vineyard. Since then, the Hanging Rock Winery Heathcote Shiraz has won three trophies and over fifty-seven gold medals for thirty vintages.

2017 Hanging Rock Winery Cambrian Rise Heathcote Shiraz
⇐ 2018 Hanging Rock Winery Cambrian Rise Heathcote Shiraz 

The Heathcote wine region is defined by its long strip of ancient Cambrian soil. This varietal is a blend of wines from across the region with the idea of making a complex, yet distinctive Heathcote shiraz.

VISITOR’S GUIDE

 

Getting There
88 Jim Road,
Newham

Contact Details
Tel: (03) 5427 0542
Email: hrw@hangingrock.com.au
Website: www.hangingrock.com.au

Cellar Door
Open 10:00am–5:00pm daily
Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday

Restaurant
Picnic boxes available

Weddings & Functions
No

Accommodation
No

Additional Features
Art in the Vines – Sculpture in Motion exhibition of kinetic sculpture, running between October 2019 and February 2020 with free entry, fresh and frozen estate grown Hanging Rock Beef available for purchase all year-round