Balgownie Estate and Winery


                                                            ENVIRONMENT POLICY FOR THE BALGOWNIE ESTATE 
Balgownie Estate realise the importance of our relationship with the environment and benefits of improving that relationship.
A healthy environment will enable us to grow the best fruit and make the best wine possible, in a sustainable manner.
We are committed to preserving our environment by adopting clean technologies and best practice procedures.

Signed by the Owners

Des & Rod Forrester
Bill Freeman


Bendigo Vineyards

Balgownie Estate's Bendigo vineyard was originally planted by local pharmacist Stuart Anderson in 1969. The initial plantings consisted of five acres each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz and these varieties are still the mainstay of the vineyard today.

At Balgownie Estate we subscribe to the philosophy that wine quality is made in the vineyard. Our vineyard management aims to achieve a balance between vegetative growth and moderate yields. We believe healthy vines produce healthy vibrant fruit.

The vineyard is planted on alluvial clay soils that are low in fertility but provide good moisture retention. These soils naturally limit yields and produce grapes with depth and intensity. The Bendigo Climate is characterised by its continental climate with warm summers and cold winters. The warm days and cool nights during the ripening period are ideal for producing intense and age-worthy red wines.

Yarra Valley

Balgownie Estate's Yarra Valley vineyards were planted in 2003 to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir the two varieties we believe are best suited to the region.

The Yarra Valley's cool climate is ideal for these Burgundian varieties, producing grapes with intensity and balance.