After spending his childhood immersed in vineyards and olive groves in the quaint village of Lonnano, Tuscany, Stefano Stefani’s passion for wine took off, reaching the same heights of his family before him. This passion stuck around as Stefani became a devoted collector of wines, and later when he moved to Australia after meeting his wife Rina in 1981. Some two decades later, Stefano’s passion has been manifested in his Yarra Valley property, where he and Rina began to grow beautiful vineyards.
Stefani Estate has since specialised in the cool climate grape varieties of wines, with an emphasis on Italian varietals such as sangiovese, malvasia, mammolo nero and nebbiolo. In total, the estate produces twelve different varieties of wine each year. From the unwooded fruity wine varieties in the vigna range to the traditional estate wines matured in French oak barrels, these exquisite wines come from the highest vineyard site in the Yarra Valley.
The 20-hectare vineyard that comprises Stefani Estate is divided by three separate sites – The View, The Gate and Belaradah – each carefully and strategically positioned with the various grape varieties in mind for optimum results. Viticulture practices honour the surrounding environment, including pruning and harvesting by hand, while producing outstanding grapes.
Winemaker Peter Mackey brings a world of experience to Stefani Estate, incorporating what he has learnt in New Zealand, France, Chile and other countries to create stunning wines that delight the palate of every wine lover. Stefani Estate has won several awards for these wines, including the 2020 Yarra Valley Wine Show’s Best Alternative White for the 2019 Pinot Blanc. The winery has also been awarded five stars by the James Halliday Wine Companion for the last ten years.
The cellar door is situated in the Belaradah vineyard, offering a lovely outdoor seating area, with tastings accompanied by charcuterie platters and fresh wood-oven baked foccacia bread. For the truly dedicated wine enthusiast, on-site accommodation is also available.
⇐ 2019 The View Pinot Blanc
This wine is pale straw in colour and shows youth. On the nose red and white apples stand out, with hints of orange blossom and vanilla. The palate is textural with well-balanced acidity and a touch of creaminess on the finish. Appreciate now or cellar for up to five years.
⇐ 2019 The View Pinot Noir
A vibrant brick-red shade, this wine displays notes of sour cherries, Christmas pudding and cinnamon on the nose. The palate is rich and textural with hints of strawberry, forest fruits and earthy undertones. Enjoy now or cellar for up to ten years.
⇐ 2020 Boccallupo Sangiovese
Showing signs of youth and vigour, this bright red wine has raspberries and violets on the nose, with hints of cedar. The palate is generous with silky tannins that linger in the mouth. The 2019 Boccallupo Sangiovese can be enjoyed now or cellared for up to ten years.
⇐ 2018 The Gate Shiraz
This wine is dark garnet red in colour, with notes of blueberries, mulberries and fresh aniseed. The palate is rich and developed, showing flavours of both mocha and vanilla. Cellar for up to a decade, or enjoy a glass now.
735 Old Healesville Road,
Open 11:00am to 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday
Thursday and Friday by appointment for groups of 20 or more
Café serving charcuterie platters
Open 12:00pm–3:00pm Saturday and Sunday
Weddings & Functions
Max 20 inside and 30 outside seated, 50 cocktail
Two, two-bedroom units each containing two bathrooms, alongside a fully equipped kitchen
An outdoor seating area on deck with beautiful views