We strive for the best growing practices in the vineyard. Making the most of the excellent soil we have and good airflow to gently nurture the fruit until the day they are picked.
With experienced winemakers employing a combination of traditional and modern techniques we are able to continually learn what works best with our fruit.
The end result of the effort put in both in the vineyard and in the winery, results in the premium wine that is Derwent Estate.
The very first time I entered the property, I knew immediately that something spectacular would emerge.John Schuts, Winemaker
Discover the Derwent heritage
Caring, since the very beginning
The land, planted in history
When we say family operated – that’s exactly what we mean, with 3 generations of family members currently involved in the business. Planted on the historic Mt Nassau property which has been in the current owners family since 1913. Derwent Estate Wines came about as part of the diversification program of the property but now is a majority of the time spent, while still running a few sheep in the background.
The property has seen a vast array of ventures over the last 100 years or so including Sheep, Cattle, Vegetable production, seed crops, poppies, quarrying and the production of lime. Viticulture is the next exciting phase in the history of Mt Nassau.
Nestled perfectly on North facing slopes which run down to the Derwent River, the vineyard has a perfect aspect for the production of cool climate wine grapes. Prevailing Westerly winds keep good airflow through the vines and air circulation is critical in keeping the vineyard disease free. Here at Derwent Estate we do not use any Insecticides or nasty Pesticides at all. We prefer a softer Integrated Pest Management approach to disease control.
From humble beginnings in 1992 of one variety and block, stage 1 of our planting was increased to 4 varieties and over 4.5 hectares by 1997. As Derwent Estate and Grantons reputation grew for producing stunning fruit, keen interest was attracted by several major wine companies for us to grow small parcels of super premium fruit for them. This saw stage 2 of the vineyard development commence in 2003 as a 5.3 hectare planting which supplied grapes for the Bay of Fires Wines and the Penfolds Yattarna label. We currently have 10 hectares under vine which includes 5 different varieties.
Our winery was built just in time for the 2014 vintage and is constructed out of straw bales and then rendered. Straw bales have excellent natural insulation properties which is important in keeping the winemaking process going along smoothly.
It is constantly being modified to accommodate the growing needs of Derwent Estate. It is a hub of activity almost 24 hours a day from March until around June and then stays constant for the rest of the year but the staff do get a bit more rest after June.
Meet the Derwent team
Meet our team below. These people oversee the whole operation with the help of many workers throughout the season.