Lamplough Estate is an independent, boutique family-owned winery, seven kilometres south of Avoca on the Sunraysia Highway.

It began as a dream many years ago, but in 1996, together with my wife Jeannie, I decided to trade in a career as an industrial chemist, plant vines and make wine.

After a very enjoyable search for land throughout Victoria we settled on the Pyrenees region as the destination for our vineyard. In 1997 the land now known as Lamplough Estate was purchased, and in the same year the first vines were planted – a selection of classic varietals including Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

After several setbacks, mainly due to a prolonged drought, in 2006 Lamplough Estate opened its cellar door for tastings and sales.

From vine to glass the Lamplough Estate story has been a labour of love, and harder work than we ever imagined. So please, come celebrate with us…

Our Philosophy

Enjoying good food and fine wine with family and friends is one of life's great joys, and has always been a special part of our family life. With the opening of Lamplough Estate, we hope to share our passion for great wine.

We are committed to making premium wines full of flavour from the finest grapes. We make our wine only from grapes we grow ourselves, allowing the varietal characteristics of the grapes to take centre stage.

We aim to be recognised in time as a good, reliable independent wine maker with a commitment and dedication to excellence.

Our Vineyard

Most winemakers agree that fine wines begin in the vineyard. At Lamplough Estate, we are blessed with perfect conditions for producing strong, healthy, vines with a good balance of fruit to foliage, and compact bunches of flavoursome fruit.

The climate of hot, dry summer days and cool nights makes possible a gradual ripening of the fruit, which ensures strong fruit flavours.

The soil is a mix of gravel, quartz and clay, with a small amount of topsoil, which provides excellent natural drainage and is ideal for nourishing grape vines.

There are currently five hectares under vine at Lamplough Estate. Although there is a preponderance of Shiraz, we also have plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Semillon.

We employ organic viticultural practices as much as possible. The dry climate of the Pyrenees enables us to grow grapes relying largely on the traditional fungicides, sulphur and copper. Pesticides are rarely used on the property.

Harvest generally starts in early March and is finished by June. Our grapes are picked by hand, and wines are made at Lamplough Estate only from fruit grown on the estate.