Balgownie Estate's Bendigo vineyards of 33-hectares was established in 1969 by its original Winemaker Stuart Anderson. The vineyard's name comes from Stuart's descendants in the shire of Balgownie in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Balgownie has become an influential red wine producer in the region, following the initial plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz vines.
In 1999, Balgownie Bendigo and Yarra Valley was purchased by brothers Des and Rod Forrester and family friend Bill Freeman, who planted Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines, which were best suited to the cool climate region. Shortly after, they built a hotel, restaurant, Cellar Door and Spa facility.
After being involved in producing the first Balgownie Yarra Valley vintages, Winemaker Tony Winspear looks after the winery and vineyards today. Since starting work at Balgownie in 1994, Tony has worked incredibly hard to become head winemaker in 2012 and produces exceptional wines.
The Yarra Valley wines are elegant and cool climate in style. In the original Bendigo vineyards, the old vines produce wines which are deeply complex and distinguished cellaring styles.