Like many things in life - a combination of fate, good timing and happen-stance saw local pharmacist Stuart Anderson plant 10 acres of carefully selected vines in Maiden Gully, just outside Bendigo.
Balgownie Estate was the first vineyard planted in the Bendigo district in more than 80 years. The first vines were planted in 1969 – 5 acres of Shiraz and 5 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, with a further 5 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon planted in 1970.
In 1999, brothers and passionate wine lovers, Des and Rod Forrester bought the estate and set about refurbishing the vineyards and winery. The improvements made have already begun to show in wine quality with 2002 the start of a particularly pleasing run of vintages. They later purchased the Yarra Valley property in 2002 branching out to produce some popular summer whites; Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, along with regional varieties Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Balgownie Estate Bendigo
Balgownie Estate is one of Bendigo’s oldest working wineries where you can taste Balgownie wines located two hours drive from Melbourne. A 33-hectare winery, retreat and restaurant property, this stunning place overlooks Myer’s Creek at Maiden Gully. Stay in cosy glamping tents, historic rooms, or cottages on the property.
Balgownie Estate Yarra Valley
Balgownie Estate Yarra Valley is a 30-hectare vineyard, spa and luxury resort located about 60 minutes outside of Melbourne's CBD. Here you can dine, say and taste Balgownie wines in the picturesque Yarra Valley.