There are only a handful of family-owned wineries in Australia that have the sense of history, the rich tapestry of characters and stories and the steadfast commitment for retaining tradition and vinous lineage as the Tahbilk winery in Central Victoria’s Nagambie Lakes wine region.
The Tahbilk Winery began with the land and the river, known as tabilk-tabilk, ‘place of many waterholes’ in the language of the first people, the Daung-wurrung clans. Established in 1860, making it the oldest winery in Victoria and the fifth oldest in Australia, the Tahbilk of today is the vision of five generations of the Purbrick family, who purchased the property in 1925.
Tahbilk is home to some 200 hectares of vineyards specialising in grape varietals from the Rhone including whites varietals: Marsanne, Viognier and Roussanne and red varietals Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre. Tahbilk wines also grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Verdelho grapes.
Tahbilk's history with Marsanne can be traced back to the 1860's, having the largest, single holding of the variety in the world. Tahbilk’s ‘1860 Vines’ Shiraz is produced from an original estate planting and are amongst the oldest Shiraz vines in the world. Tahbilk’s wines easily rate amongst the best Australia can produce.