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Welcome to Peppin Ridge Estate


Our Story

In the mid-1800’s, George Peppin, an English wool trader, purchased the lease of ‘Mimaluke Station’ on the banks of Lake Eildon at Bonnie Doon.  In the ensuing years, he created the famous ‘Merino’ sheep breed that is now known globally for producing silky fleece of the highest quality.

With this vision in mind, Don Adams established the Peppin Ridge Vineyard in 1997 to craft silky premium wines of the highest quality. The region provides the classic cool-climate environment required to produce fruit of optimum sugar levels and flavour complexity that tempted wine connoisseurs from around Australia to try Peppin Ridge’s fantastic wine.

Unfortunately, during the mid-2000’s, Don had to retire from his winemaking career and the town of Bonnie Doon went thirsty for several years. Then Dave came along…

Having already established a successful career as a mining engineer, Dave was looking for the ultimate green change.   He searched endlessly for the perfect property but nothing excited his imagination until he stumbled across Peppin Ridge in 2015.   From the moment he saw the front gate he knew he’d found his ‘grand passion’.  Dave knew Peppin Ridge Estate had so much potential and has worked tirelessly to bring the property back to life.

There goes “the Serenity!”

Our Wine

Peppin Ridge Shiraz is a full-bodied wine, expressing all the characteristic hallmarks of the variety – well balanced tannins, with generous aromas of spicy pepper, liquorice, and stewed plums. The wine has been matured in French oak harriques for 18 months and will benefit further medium-termed cellaring.  Sediment may develop in the bottle with is part of the wine’s natural development and can be removed by decanting.Don Adams, original winemaker

In 2002, Don’s Shiraz received a rating of 92 from James Halliday in the 2006 Australian Wine Companion, with the specific tasting notes stating:

Licorice, spice, blackberry & blackcurrant; perfect ripeness; supple & long. Good cork.”

The inaugural harvest in 2018 and far exceeded expectations – 3.81 tonne of Shiraz grapes have been in French Oak for 18 months.   This premier offering resulted in three types of Shiraz from different areas of the vineyard:

  • Peppin Ridge Estate Shiraz
  • The Miner’s Shiraz
  • Bonnie Doon Shiraz

Bottled and available for purchase since September 2019, these delicious wines have been very well-received and enjoyed as far away as Johannesburg, South Africa.

The 2019 harvest yielded 9.1 tonne, a considerable achievement in a drought year!   These grapes spent the last 18 months maturing in a combination of French and American oak barrels for 18 months and are now available for purchase here on our website.  This vintage will benefit from decanting before indulging to really give the flavours a chance to shine.

2020 represents our third successful year of vintages at Peppin Ridge. In 2018 we picked 3.8 tonnes and in 2020 we cultivated 4.5 tonnes, despite the harvest following a long drought. Deeply flavourful, this dark Shiraz is bursting with cherry plum notes while spicy characters abound on the nose. The palate is rich, yet delicate and boasts hints of dark chocolate and plum, interwoven with subtle tannins.




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