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 self-contained accommodation overlooks Hesket Estate’s paddocks and vineyard; a rural luxury at its finest.
Hesket Estate has been recognised over the years with a plethora of accolades. Recently, the Hesket Estate 2018 Pinot Noir won gold at the 2019 Macedon Ranges Wine Exhibition, while its 2017 Jingella Pinot Noir won silver in the same category. Meanwhile, the Hesket Estate 2018 Pinot Noir won the best red wine category at the 2019 Daylesford Wine Show, while its Edwina Sparkling Rosé NV won bronze in the sparkling wine category
⇐ 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.
⇐ 2018 Chardonnay
Freshly cut melon and stone fruit aromas lift from the glass encircled by smoky hazelnut French oak nuances. Fermented in barrel with wild indigenous yeast, this white wine is driven by primary flavours of white peach, nectarine and honey dew melon. Yeast lees introduce a creamy textural component of cashew and almond, while good to moderate length and mineral acidity feature during the finish
⇐ 2018 Pinot Noir
With a deep ruby colour, this alluring and inviting wine has a bouquet of perfumed compote of red and black fruits along with aromas of vanilla bean and fine hazelnut French oak. These flavours are accompanied by baked spices, mineral and earthy elements, making this wine balanced, middle-weighted and silky. Grippy tannins provide a savoury twist at the finish. Enjoy this pinot noir with duck, lamb or your favourite pasta dish.
⇐ 2017 Jingella Pinot Noir
Fiery ruby red in colour, this wine has a bouquet of small red fruits that dance across the palate. This elegantly styled and complex pinot noir is the product of a cooler vintage year and is driven by elevated sour cherry, alpine strawberry and cranberry flavours. The texture is silky in the mouth and the fine French oak is subtle, delicately framing the fruit. Veal, chicken, pork and salmon dishes are perfect meals for this wine.
856 Romsey Road,
Open on the first weekend of the month, or by appointment
The Spud Diggers Hut
Weddings & Functions
Max 40 seated and 75 cocktail