Established in 1971, three generations of the Middleton family have dedicated themselves to wines of elegance, longevity and distinction. All their wines are made entirely from estate grown fruit and are produced and bottled on site at MOUNT MARY.
The inspiration behind the planting of vines in the Yarra Valley came from the Swiss settlers of the 1850’s. These worldly and hard working immigrants had been greatly influenced by the French wine producers and recognised the climatic parallels the Yarra Valley shared with Bordeaux and Burgundy.
In the 1960’s John and Marli Middleton, driven by a passion for fine table wine, made many visits to the wine producing regions of the world and in particular, to Bordeaux and Burgundy. They soon became hooked on French premium wines and the thought of producing something similar in Australia in the footsteps of the Swiss. They resolved to find a suitable site upon which to establish a small commercial vineyard with the intention of making elegant, low alcohol wines from French varieties. John was driven by an idea put in his head by Colin Preece, Senior Winemaker at Seppelts Great Western, that Australia was yet to produce a refined and elegant Cabernet. John saw it as his duty to work towards this.
And so it was that in 1971, John and Marli stumbled upon the property known as MOUNT MARY. Surprisingly, this ideally located, gentle north facing slope had not been planted to the vine yet they immediately recognised it as being ideal for their purpose. The first plantings were completed by mid 1972 and today MOUNT MARY has 40 acres under vine representing 18 varieties.
The four MOUNT MARY Vineyard estate wines are comprised of two blends traditionally grown and made in Bordeaux, France (Quintet and Triolet) and two varieties traditionally grown and made in Burgundy, France (Pinot noir and Chardonnay).
All MOUNT MARY wines are made from estate grown fruit and are produced and bottled on site at MOUNT MARY.
The fact they are entirely self contained in all parts of the process is extremely important to them. This philosophy has been central to who we are since day one and will remain our approach to producing fine wines in the future.
MOUNT MARY Magnum bottles are now available.
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