Highbow Hill Vineyard


About Highbow Hill

Our Highbow Hill vineyard is situated north of the Yarra Glen village in the Yarra Valley. The Wurundjeri people
are the Traditional Owners of this land in the Kulin Nation, and protectors of the “ever-flowing” Birrarung (Yarra River) – one of Victoria’s most iconic waterways. The area is protected by local and state laws for its outstanding natural beauty with significant environmental value.

The estate comprises of 28 hectares of established vines planted on rolling hills just north of Yarra Glen village, taking its name from Highbow Hill, the dominant feature on the eastern boundary of the property.

The soils are sandy loam over clay and gravel over mudstone, and there is an abundance of native flora and fauna including wombats and kangaroos.

The property is nestled over the brow of a hill looking north and features a long driveway that swirls through the
vines and onto a central dam that provides panoramic views overlooking over the Yarra Valley. Bordered by Steels Creek to the west, it features three dams and natural drain lines throughout.

Different aspects feature in each of the 10 blocks according to the needs of the varietals planted on VSP trellis
- Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz; new plantings of Pinot Noir, Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet were added in 2015 and 2016.

Recent planting activity in 2020 and 2021 has seen us planting for the future, with a new block of 10 hectares including Chardonnay, Viognier, Mencía, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Pinot, Gamay, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.

All the vines are hand-harvested and branch-pruned by hand, which has a significant impact on improving the
longevity of the vines by respecting sap flow continuity and reducing pruning wounds.

Certified Sustainable

Handpicked Vineyards Yarra Glen - Highbow Hill Vineyard is a certified member of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia.

Highbow Hill Key Facts

  • Address:
    70 Smedley Ln, Yarra Glen VIC 3775
    (by appointment only)
  • Geographical Indication:
    Yarra Valley
  • Latitude:
    37° 37’ 33.3732’’ S
  • Altitude:
    < 150 m. above sea level
  • Varieties [main clones]:
    Pinot Noir [MV6, Abel, 828];
  • Chardonnay [548, 95, I10v1];
  • Cabernet [SA125, 412];
  • Shiraz [JT123]; Merlot [Q45]
  • Vine age:
    1997/98 to 2016
  • Trellis:
    Vertical Shoot Position
  • Vine density:
    2400 - 3000 vines / ha
  • (5930 – 7413 vines / acre)
  • Soil:
    Sandy loam over clay & gravel over mudstone.
  • Climate:
    Relatively cool continental with substantial variation in mesoclimate (differences in altitude/aspect)
  • Under vine:
    28 ha
  • (69.1 acres)