Bannockburn Wines

Bannockburn Vineyards was established by Stuart Hooper in 1974. Hooper's vision was to create a vineyard that would produce Australian wine of a quality to emulate the great wines of France, in particular the great Burgundies. Stuart Hooper had a purist, uncompromising approach to quality grape growing and winemaking. He had a strong belief in making wines which genuinely reflect the flavours of the vineyard. Although Stuart has since passed away, Bannockburn Vineyards remains in the Hooper family and his philosophy remains as the cornerstone behind all that is done at Bannockburn today. 

Located 25 kms north-west of Geelong, just outside the township of Bannockburn, all Bannockburn wines are produced from estate-grown fruit off our 27 hectares of vines. Situated on 3 separate sites, the vineyard soil profile ranges from black brown volcanic loam to dense clay sitting on a limestone base, and are generally of low fertility. The first vineyard was planted in 1974 with subsequent plantings during the early 1980’s, making them among the oldest in the Geelong region. 

All the established Bannockburn vineyards are dry-grown, this along with poor soil fertility, low rainfall, close-plantings and strong prevailing winds make for a tough growing environment that naturally restricts yields. These are the conditions that make up the terroir from which our unique wine flavours and wine structure are derived. Bannockburn are consistently acclaimed for producing some of Australia's finest examples of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and these wines are always in high demand. 

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