Elmswood Estate, Yarra Valley
Elmswood Estate produce a range of lovely, hand-crafted wines from the renowned Seville sub-region in Victoria’s Yarra Valley wine region.
Celebrated by Australian wine critic James Halliday as a 5-star winery and one of the region’s “Dark Horses”, Elmswood Estate is well regarded as a boutique wine producer with an exciting future and wines to match. With a welcoming cellar door boasting stunning views, it is the perfect venue for relaxing or hosting functions and wedding celebrations.
The Howe family first bought the Elmswood Estate vineyard in 1997 when Vivian and Jack fell in love with the spectacular views offered. Vivian’s love for growing grapes and Jack’s appreciation for wine, together with the location being one of the most sought-after areas in the Yarra for elegant, intensely flavoured wine grapes was a perfect match.
In 2005, the original Elmswood Estate became available and was purchased, thus allowing the two properties to amalgamate into the current Elmswood Estate.
Following extensive renovations in 2018, the Howe family are excited to invite you to share their love of wine and enjoy the incredibly spectacular views from the property.
OUR WINE MAKING PHILOSPHY
The adage that great wine comes from the vineyard is one that holds true at Elmswood Estate Wines. The right variety planted in the right location, sustainable, considered viticulture and a light-handed approach in the winery allow the wine to speak clearly of the exceptional site we have here in the Yarra Valley. The wines should be delicious to drink, whether by themselves or with food and should be an accurate representation of both the vineyard and the growing season.
TERROIR & FARMING
Elmswood Estate is located at 240m above sea level in an area that is known as the ‘Upper Yarra’ due to its higher altitude and cooler conditions.
The vineyard has both northerly and easterly aspects and is planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The soil is a deep red, basaltic silty loam, volcanic in origin. The 35 year old unirrigated vines crop at a maximum of 5T/hectare, resulting in small, intensely flavoured berries.
Since 2014, we have begun a program of refining our vineyard, including the planting of heritage Syrah clones, new Pinot Noir clones, as well as increasing the planting density of the original Pinot Noir block.
We have also been conducting trials with making our own composts, as well as the application of biodynamic sprays. We believe these practices will help improve the sustainability and biodiversity of our vineyard, and ultimately, translate into better fruit and better wine.