Skirting both the Glenrowan and Strathbogie Regions, Kooyonga Creek sits happily in the North East Victoria Zone. Near Swanpool, halfway between Benalla and Mansfield, Barry and Pam Saunders planted 8ha of vines on the family property in 2000. They planted a focused range of 1.6ha each of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Wines were first produced under the Kooyonga Chapel label in 2003.
In 2016 Luis Simian joined the Kooyonga Creek team as winemaker. Luis has a significant track record of success in North East Victoria and overseas and has made an impact with the introduction of a King Valley Pinot Grigio in 2017 and Rosé in 2018 from our estate grown reds. In 2020 the Merlot vines were grafted with Tempranillo in response to the changing Australian palate.
Kooyonga Creek Wines are currently distributed in and around Melbourne and North East Victoria.
About the Winery
The Kooyonga Creek runs through the Saunders' property. In the gold rush days the gemstone Jasper was discovered on the edges and gullies of the creek. This precious stone now takes pride of place on the Kooyonga Creek labels today.
The vineyard is on the foothills of the Alpine Ranges. A mild climate allows for a long and even ripening season, allowing the fruit to develop complex flavours.
Today key varietals of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Tempranillo are all estate grown in a single vineyard. In addition to these key varietals a Sparkling Shiraz and a gin developed from grape spirit are also produced.
In 2017 the winery expanded its focus by producing a Pinot Grigio with grapes from the King Valley as well as a Heathcote Shiraz. In 2020 the Merlot vines were replaced with Temranillo in response to the changing Australian Pallette.
Purchase of Wines
If you would liketo buy some wine or discuss what might be possible for you or your business please get in touch, we try to be as helpful as possible. Maureen Ahearne, our sales manager, understands the value of getting relationships right and welcomes the opportunity to talk all things Kooyonga Creek.
mob: 0413 843 803