Wild Cattle Creek Estate and Regional History
Wild Cattle Creek Estate, whilst being one of the younger wineries in the Yarra Valley wine growing region, is surrounded by history and heritage that has stamped its place as one of the world’s premium wine regions. The Yarra Valley was first planted in the late 19th century, yet the industry fell on hard times and was virtually abandoned during the 1920’s when timber became the primary focus of attention. Logging in the Warburton and Marysville areas remained the mainstay of commerce until the 1960’s when Dr McMahon replanted on a small estate in Seville.
Soon, growers returned to the Valley and the region was revitalised as one of Australia’s favourite tourist regions and grape growing areas. Today, the Yarra Valley proudly boasts an ecclectic mix of over 70 boutique and large wineries, growers, and a host of fascinating tourism activities. Wild Cattle Creek Estate Cellar Door opened it’s 200 year old doors in February 2005.
The Vineyards of Wild Cattle Creek Estate
The main vineyard at the Wild Cattle Creek Estate site was planted in 2002, and consists of Pinot Gris, Merlot rootstock and more recently, the variety Sangiovese was added, with it’s first crop in 2010. The total area under vines at Wild Cattle Creek Estate is 1.7ha. Most of the fruit for our Wild Cattle Creek Estate wines is sourced from a sister vineyard at “Langbrook Estate”, situated between Yarra Junction and Gladysdale in the Upper Yarra Valley. This is an ideal location for cool climate plantings, and the predominantly north facing vineyards collect the sun year round. The vineyard at Langbrook Estate is 24 ha and has been established for over 20 years. Varieties grown include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Premium fruit has been grown for Domain Chandon, BRL Hardy and a small handful of other local wineries, whilst the balance of each vintage is retained for Wild Cattle Creek Estate’s range of premium wines.
Both Wild Cattle Creek Estate and Langbrook Estate vineyards are trellised under the VSP system and are drip irrigated from property dams. Our preference tends towards traditional hand harvesting techniques at both Langbrook and Wild Cattle Creek Estate. As good wine starts in the vineyard, our Vineyard Managers, Kevin Dixon and Graham Smith liaise closely with Andrew Santarossa, our talented winemaker.
The 250 acre “Langbrook Estate” is also home to Kalinka Charolais Stud, a French breed of cattle known for its quality beef. Kalinka has enjoyed much success in the show ring, and their bloodlines are sought by breeders throughout Australia.
Accommodation amongst the vines is available at both Wild Cattle Creek Estate and Langbrook Farm.