Family owned since 1999
Ellis wines is a family owned business situated on the rich red Cambrian soil in Colbinabbin…
This famous soil extends both sides of the Mt Camel range found within the Heathcote wine growing region. In the words of international viticulturalist Larry Bradley… “This site is suitable for growing premium wine grapes. This Cambrian red soil has the potential to produce very high quality fruit”
This region continues to develop an incredible reputation for its wine production. With elegance and style we have harnessed the amazing regional abilities to produce our outstanding range of wines.
Joy block (our first block) was planted in 1999. Today our vineyard has grown to over 123.5 acres of vines and includes Shiraz, Merlot, Viognier, Moscato and Cabernet.
Why do we have a quill on our Signature Label?
In 1999 we planted our first vines, our fruit was 100% contract sold to many wineries across the state. After 10 years of contract sales to other wineries and many awards won with our fruit the urge to create our own label became too hard to resist. Our label was born in 2009 with a signature of the family name signed with a quill for our very first vintage.
Our cellar door is located at 52 Garsed Street, Bendigo, Victoria.
Our blocks are all named after family members and include:
- Joy – Shiraz 24.73 acres
- Kathy – Shiraz 29.38 acres
- Raylene – Shiraz 22.51 acres
- Katie – Moscato 11.58 acres
- Maggie – Shiraz 2.54 acres
- Abigail – Merlot 8.79 acres
- Bronte – Viognier 5.0 acres
- Ruby – Cabernet Sauvignon 9.78 acres
- Mia – Shiraz 24.58 acres
- Freya – Watch this space!
Heathcote is famous for its complex volcanic Cambrian soils that are over 500 million years
old. Known as “Cambrian Greenstones”, the strata of fine red calcareous sodic clay soils,
dark brown gravels and ironstone create a mineral rich environment for the vine roots as
well offering great moisture retention benefits that ensure grapes mature more slowly in
the hot summer weather.
Our vines are planted north to south which allows the cooling winds to blow down through
the vines and bring down the night-time temperatures, this unique combination of soil and
climate helps the grapes to retain a perfect level of acidity.