TALTARNI, Victoria

Established in 1969, Taltarni is one of the founding wineries of Victoria's Pyrenees wine region.  Owner John Goelet, a direct descendant of the Guestier wine merchant family of Bordeaux, discovered and purchased Taltarni Vineyard in 1972 after conducting a worldwide search for a site comparable to the great vineyards of Bordeaux.

Located at the western reach of the Great Dividing Range, the Pyrenees is one of the most naturally beautiful wine regions in Australia.  These valleys teemed with gold miners in the 19th century, and as gold became scarce, vineyards were developed.  Taltarni led the revitalisation of wine growing in the Pyrenees in the 1960s.

At a latitude of 37º, with soils of red clay, quartz and sandy loam, the Pyrenees region lies in a perfect climatic band for growing grapes in the Southern Hermisphere.  And given the ownership, there’s no surprise that the wines are all about balance, texture, intensity, complexity and length.  The cool nights and warm days allow for slow ripening and create ideal conditions for the crisp sparkling wines Taltarni considers a signature.  The estate sustainably farms 97 ha of vineyards.