Kyneton Ridge Estate About Building

KEY INFORMATION

Address: 517 Blackhill Road, Kyneton VIC 3444
Traditional Place Name: Taungurung
Winemaker: Patrick Wood
Viticulturalist: Sharon Hebbard, Andrew Wood
Vineyard aspect: North-facing
Elevation: 550m
Production: 1800 dozen
Soils: Volcanic soils of Pyalong Granite, weathered to granitic sandy soils over felspar clay loams.
Vineyard area: 5.5ha
Open: Fri-Sun & public holidays 11-5

About

Angela and Andrew Wood purchased Kyneton Ridge Estate in the Macedon Ranges in 2019. Sustainability and regenerative farming are at the heart of the project.

The first vineyards blocks were planted in 1997 by John Boucher and Pauline Russell during Macedon Ranges’ second wave. The Woods added Nebbiolo, Riesling, more Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon (sourcing Shiraz from Heathcote).

They have expanded the vineyard area from five to 13-acres (5.5 ha) under vine (of the 100-acre property), while returning 30-acres to natural habitat (from farming land), with a ‘bug corridor’ on the ridge to nurture pollinators, beneficial insects, and provide a windbreak. They’ve used regenerative viticulture to improve soil microbiology with composting, companion and interrow plantings.

The Woods joined Sustainable Winegrowing Australia and are preparing for certification audit in 2024. They have made the most of the natural assets of the site, directing the natural runoff and shallow springs to drip feed the vines and for long-term water security.

Folk Architects’ Christie Petsinis and Tim Wilson designed the winery, fermentation hall and cellar door in a linear structure with double glazed windows and insulated wall panels for precise temperature control. The site is powered by an 18Kw array of solar panels, and they have introduced new lightweight glass bottles to decrease their carbon footprint.

Landscape Architect, Rob Davies planted swathes of native Tussock amongst the granite boulders; a drystone wall constructed by renowned Kyneton Drystone Walling, and a terraced spotted gum deck with views across the vineyard to Black Hill Reserve and beyond.