Stonier Wines was one of the original wineries on the Mornington Peninsula.
During the wineries early years, Brian Stonier was instrumental in promoting the Mornington Peninsula as a wine destination for new growers, thanks to its cool climate, which made it ideal for Pinot Noir production. Beginning with Chardonnay vines being planted in 1978, followed by Pinot Noir in 1982, the vineyard had expanded to six hectares by 1988.
Mr Stonier believes the grape-growers and winemakers of the Peninsula are blessed.
“The Peninsula is an hour and a half from Melbourne, there are a wide range of interests down here on the Mornington Peninsula with people having developed lots and lots of different activities from boating, fishing and harbour-based activities on each side,” says Stonier.
With an average temperature of 20°C and an average rain fall of 350mm, there are now approximately 200 vineyards and 50 wineries that are located in the budding Peninsula wine region.
The area has come a long way in a short space of time, yet it’s only a relatively small production capacity, with the main focus on high quality of wine rather than volume. Many of Australia’s finest examples of Pinot Noir now hail from the Mornington Peninsula.
Stonier’s are focused on the wines the Peninsula do well, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Their Pinot Noir and Chardonnays have won numerous awards, including international awards in London for their 1999 Stonier Reserve Chardonnay and their 1997 Stonier Reserve Pinot Noir was the ‘best new world red wine of the year’ in 2000.
In the same year, Stonier also held an International Pinot Noir Tasting event (SIPNOT) for short. It was the first significant event in Australia involving both trade and media looking at Pinot Noir from an international perspective. Len Evans, Brian Croser and James Halliday have now all become long term panel members. Since, the first SIPNOT the event has been held in Sydney and even the UK. Halliday is a big wrap for the small winery, saying “looked at across the range, Stonier is considered the pre-eminent winery in the Mornington Peninsula.”
Winemaker Mike Symons heads up the team at Stonier and works alongside Will Byron, who has been with the Stonier for several vintages.
Stonier’s striking winery and cellar door was designed by the same architect who designed the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Daryl Jackson and was completed in 1991.
The cellar door is open from 11am to 5pm daily.
Mike Symons talks on the various Stonier Vineyards and the cool climate.
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