You cant get a more passionate, lovely hostess, Annie Holm, to share her passion for their Ringer Reef wines. Winemaker, Bruce Holm was educated in wine from years at McWilliams and has adapted his small vineyard from originally being a Merlot for private consumption only, through to offering a small collection of beautifully crafted wines. The Southern-facing vines were originally blackberry thickets, which had to be removed to make way to produce other eclectic wines, not usually seen in Australia: Nebbiolo, Petit Manseng, Sangiovese.
The cellar door contains their store of wine in French oak barells, whilst behind a sliding door, Annie will explain how they use the presses, how they bottle, cap and label them, to the small bottle storage area, which also contained some salamis hanging.
Annie invited us to drive to the top of the hill where their house stands, and to tak ein the magnificent view of the valley. She also hesitantly suggests we stop and look at the shanty, once constructed by a young couple of Hippies, which Annie and Bruce actually stayed in whilst their home was being built. Makes for some incredible photos.
This was yet another great highlight in our one week in the North Eastern vineyards of Victoria.
Go into Porepunkah afterwards for an incredible cafe called the Rail Trail Cafe, run by an ex-patriate Californian, who really knows how to cook!
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