Located just one hour away from Melbourne in the cool-climate village of Hesket is the humble Hesket Estate. What was once an old shearing shed has since been converted into the estate’s cellar door and small function centre, adding to the charming appeal of the estate.
First established in the 1980s, the estate has seen many expansions and refinements by the Hudspeth-Stevenson family, who acquired the property in 1993. The family’s commitment to winemaking and passion for the craft has shaped Hesket Estate into the vineyard and estate guests know and love today. Standing at 660 metres above sea level, the estate overlooks the lush and scenic Cobaw Ranges.
The winemakers at Hesket Estate strive to maintain sustainable practices in the vineyard and winery, with the expert winemaking team utilising modern viticulture techniques to produce grapes of brilliant quality and character. As all vines are pruned by hand and the grapes hand-picked, guests can taste the commitment and care involved in this process with every sip of the estate’s signature wines.
With a sprawling 2 hectares under vine, the estate produces 1200 cases of wine each year, with a specialisation in sparkling, riesling, chardonnay and pinot noir. Guests can have the opportunity to taste these varieties through the personalised barrel tasting offered at the estate via appointment. This experience is made memorable by the enchanting and picturesque landscape.
If guests want a slice of the rustic charm, they can stay at The Spud Diggers Hut. The selfcontained accommodation overlooks Hesket Estate’s paddocks and vineyard; a rural luxury at its finest.
Over the years, Hesket Estate has been recognised with a plethora of impressive accolades. The 2018 Hesket Estate Pinot Noir won gold at the 2019 Macedon Ranges Wine Exhibition, and at the 2019 Daylesford Wine Show Hesket Estate even took out the Best Red Wine category. At the 2020 Dayelsford Wine Show, the 2019 Hesket Estate Chardonnay won silver, whilst the 2020 Sarah’s Riesling was awarded trophy and gold. A true testament to the winery’s passion, Hesket Estate’s Edwina Sparkling Rosé also won bronze in the sparkling wine category of the 2019 Dayelsford Wine Show.
⇐ 2019 Pinot Noir
Structure, length and drive are the hallmark of this outstanding pinot noir. Representative of the Hesket Estate terroir, this wine features red and black cherries, spice, blood plums, red berries, roasted beetroot, and orange peel zest. Subtle fine tannins and the use of fine grain French oak yield a savoury silky palate, finishing with great length.
⇐ 2019 Chardonnay
Straw gold in colour with a subtle and complex bouquet. Perfumed with aromas of stone fruits with an accompanying palate of green gage plum and citrus, underpinned by wild honey and oatmeal nuances. This is a complex textural wine with balanced mineral acidity
⇐ Jingella Pinot Noir
Red berry fruit, plums and cherries punctuate fine tannins and balanced acidity of this fine wine. Mouth-filling, the red fruits dominate the palate with subtle complexities of the fine French oak, giving great structure to this wine.
⇐ The Edwina Sparkling Rosé N.V.
A compote of red summer fruits and rose petals lead the way in this sparkling pinot noir rosé. The bead and mousse are fine and persistent. Flavour is sweet on the initial taste, and generous on the mid-palate. A trace of grip on the finish gives this wine a dry and mineral finish. This sparkling wine can be paired as an aperitif, food style or dessert wine. Best served chilled.
856 Romsey Road,
Open weekends 11:30am-4:30pm
Other times by appointment
Weddings & Functions
Max 75 seated
The Spud Diggers Hut