The Pondalowie story began in 1996 when Dominic and Krystina met while working vintage in the Barossa Valley. During their end of vintage camping trip to the beautiful Pondalowie Bay, on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula, the pair made the decision to funnel their enthusiasm and experience into a vineyard and winery of their own. They chose the Bendigo region in Central Victoria and with family help set about establishing two vineyards, totalling 25 acres, planting Shiraz, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Viognier. They named their winery Pondalowie after that special place where they made the decision to turn their shared dream into reality.
The first Pondalowie wines released in 2002 were met with critical acclaim, as have the vintages that followed. Awarded a five star rating by James Halliday consecutively every year from 2006 to 2016, Pondalowie wines are widely regarded as some of Australia’s’ finest red wines.
With the recent purchase of a farm at Bambra, nestled in the beautiful Otway ranges, we have fulfilled another lifelong dream; to grow and produce cool-climate Pinot Noir. The new vineyard will offer another dimension to the range of wines we produce, and will continue to produce, from our Bendigo vineyards and Heathcote grape growers.
The new, custom designed winery has been built and groundworks underway for the new vineyard.
On the 100-acre Bambra property we will also explore our other lifelong interest in holistic farming, growing and raising livestock in a free-range and ethical way and our flock of Australian White cross lambs are enjoying the plentiful grass, not to mention the beautiful views.
This summer (2018/2019) we will open our new cellar door at Bambra – We look forward to sharing this new chapter of our story with you soon!