Balgownie Estate

Balgownie Estate's Bendigo vineyard was originally planted by local pharmacist Stuart Anderson in 1969. The initial plantings consisted of five acres each of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz and these varieties are still the mainstay of the vineyard today. In 1971 a further 5 acres of cabernet sauvigonon was planted, along with the inital plantings of chardonnay; inspired by Dr Max Lake who planted Lake's Folly in the Hunter Valley and who pioneered these two classic varieties. Since then there have been further plantings at Bendigo of merlot, viognier and sangiovese - a variety which is well suited to the dry climate of the area and has produced a number of classic and sought after vintages since its first release.

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