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The Yering Station Story

The Yering Station Story

A jewel of the Yarra Valley region. Yering Station is renowned as Victoria’s very first vineyard, recognised for its rich legacy, stunning landscape and world class cool climate fine wines brimming with expressive regional and varietal character.

Dating back to 1838, the Scottish-born Ryrie brothers ventured into the region. Taking up a grazing license of 43,000 acres, the Ryrie’s named their land ‘Yering’ in respect of the site’s Aboriginal name. Victoria’s first vines were planted that year.

Changing hands in the early 1850’s, Swiss migrant Paul De Castella took ownership of the property with the vision of developing Yering into a landmark of winemaking in Victoria. In executing his vision, De Castella extended the vineyards and cultivated varieties with cuttings imported from France. He also went on to establish a winery house, a garden and a grand avenue of 330 Elm trees that lined the property’s driveway. Reaching great heights in 1889, Yering Station impressively won a Grand Prix at the Universal Exhibition in Paris, where only fourteen awards have been presented internationally. This marked the beginning of continued winemaking success for Yering Station.

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After several ownership changes throughout the twentieth century, Yering Station remains a family-owned winery today. The Rathbone family purchased the historical wine estate in 1996, signifying the beginning of a new era, with the construction of a state-of-the-art winery and an award-winning architectural landmark complex. The importance of Yering Station’s proud heritage continues to be celebrated. Historical icons such as the enduring avenue of Elm trees, the heritage-listed barn and the original winery building are still hallmark features of the Yering Station property.

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Today, Yering Station is renowned for producing cool climate wines of world-class quality and distinction. The viticulture philosophy at Yering Station is founded on the bridging point between old and new, employing traditional practices with Australian innovation. Vine balance, varietal flavour integrity and structure are integral to the Yering Station viticultural philosophy. True to this philosophy, each of the varieties produced are given every opportunity to reach their full potential in the vineyards. Intimate knowledge enables Yering Station to create stylistic wines with varietal integrity that respect key regional elements – from aspect and slope to soil type.

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These same ideals are held in the winery. Yering Station’s winemakers are focused on allowing the wines to truly express their origin. Age-old techniques are enhanced with the team’s own band of new world style and sophistication. Techniques such as whole-bunch pressing, wild yeast fermentation and aging in French oak barriques are often employed, highlighting the delicate cool climate characters of the wine that defines the ‘Yering Station’ style.

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With an esteemed reputation that includes multiple trophy and gold medal wins, Yering Stations acclaim continues to grow. Enjoy the essence of Yering in the selection of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon and more, available now on Cellar Space.

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