Tahbilk has some of the oldest vines in Australia.
Comprising of 200 hectares of vines including the French Rhone Valley whites of Marsanne, Viognier & Roussanne; the Rhone reds – Shiraz, Grenache & Mourvedre; along with traditional varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc & Verdelho.
Vineyard plantings extend back to Tahbilk’s founding with original pre-phylloxera Shiraz vines still surviving from 1860 (phylloxera is an aphid like bug which eats at the vines roots).
Further “old vine” plantings including Shiraz from 1933 (the prime source for Tahbilk’s ‘Eric Stevens Purbrick’ Shiraz releases), Cabernet Sauvignon dating back to 1949 and Marsanne from 1927.
There is much to be said for wines made from old vines – the yield is low, but the quality & flavours these old vines produce is quite incredible!
Tahbilk is located in the Nagambie lakes area approx 1.5 hours from Melbourne. The National Trust listed winery building are still in use as a cellar door, with various outbuildings utilized as a museum & wine storage.