One of the grape varieties the Swiss vignerons brought into Geelong in the early/mid 1800s was Pinot Meunier. In the 1860’s Bests from Great Western sourced cuttings from the Barrabool Hills and established a Pinot Meunier planting at Great Western. Some of those vines, and their descendants, are still alive today.
In 2017 we were fortunate to be allowed to take cuttings from Best’s vines and in 2018 we will be reintroducing the descendants from the original vines back into the Barrabool Hills. At the moment they are at the nursery being grafted onto rootstock and planting is planned for Spring 2018.
Our small Pinot Meunier vineyard will greet visitors when they drive up our driveway heading to the cellar door.
More updates to come as our adventure evolves.