The Merindoc Story
Inspired by the wines of the Rhone Valley
For three generations the Shelmerdine family has been at the forefront of the modern Victorian wine industry, and among Victoria’s most prominent grape growers.
The family have a long history of managing high quality vineyards in Victoria, from the Nagambie Lakes region to the Yarra Valley and Heathcote. Each estate vineyard is managed to produce sustainable, low yields for the highest quality possible.
The Merindoc philosophy is simple; “we employ our understanding of the site, soil, and the seasons to craft wines that express the unique characteristics of our vineyards, this in turn ensures wines with a true regional identity”.
The Merindoc range of wines is supported by two very different vineyards, Willoughby Bridge Vineyard, at Colbinabbin, Northern Heathcote has a warm continental climate and the week known Cambrian Red soil, whilst the Merindoc Vineyard, at Tooborac, the southern of the Heathcote region, is on the weeping slopes of the Macedon Ranges and features granite soil and cool night temperatures.
The variety of climate and soil types between the two Heathcote Vineyards allows them to grow a wide range of varietals well suited to the different aspects of the Heathcote region not only creating a diverse range of wine styles but also requiring careful and adaptive viticultural expertise, to bring forth the best from each vine. In all, they grow over 20 different grape varieties making them one of the most diverse producers in the region.
Hand pruning, hand picking and training all give the vineyard staff an intimate knowledge of every slope, and every clone, allowing them to express a “sense of place”.
As is often said, the best fertiliser is the vigneron’s footstep.
Heathcote Wine Region
A welcoming village atmosphere awaits just a little over an hour from Melbourne. In the heart of Central Victoria and nestled beneath the stunning McHarg and McIvor Ranges, is the charming township of Heathcote.
It is fast becoming one of Australia’s most loved wine regions. Good food, friendly cellar doors, spectacular landscapes, gold rush relics, local art and craft. Serene bushland and dark night skies dotted with stars make Heathcote an ideal place to explore.
Things to do:
- Outdoors and nature - waterways & cycling, national parks & reserves
- Historical attractions
- Shopping & produce
- Explore the wineries, with over 30 cellar doors to visit.
Merindoc Cellar Door
Wine tastings & sales
Friday 10am - 4pm.
Saturday & Sunday 10am - 5pm.
With fruit grown from their two Heathcote vineyards, at Merindoc Cellar Door, they have one of the most diverse ranges of wines in the region available for tasting. To help showcase their wines they offer two types of wine tastings.
Merindoc Wine Flight:
$10pp (sit down structured tasting, bookings required) Sit back and relax as your wine host guides you through a tasting experience showcasing the diversity of the Heathcote Wine Region. Experience a flight of 8 wines being from traditional French varieties and new emerging alternate varieties.
Maximum 6 people per booking, and you need to please allow around 45 minutes for the tasting experience.
From 10am - 4pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Bookings are required.
No charge (at the counter or a barrel) Let one of their team take you through a stand-up tasting of up to 5 wines. A great introduction to wines from Heathcote. Experience an educational tasting showing wines from the northern and southern areas of the Heathcote Wine Region. Their range includes Sparkling White, Riesling, Vermentino, Albarino, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Chardonnay, Rose (dry), Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Sparkling Shiraz and Dulcis a sweet Viognier.
Wine tasting available Friday 10am - 4pm. Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4:30pm.
Other time by appointment.
As they are a small Cellar Door bus groups and groups over 8 need to book. Please call Merindoc to arrange group options.