BACKGROUND 

绿石酒庄雅拉谷庄园距离墨尔本市中心仅有一小时车程,就在Yarra Glen镇中心,圣诞山脚下,有静谧的景色、友善热情的人们和伟大的葡萄酒, 在所有到访的人们心中留下美好而难忘的记忆。酒庄的面积有九十英亩,其中有六十英亩覆盖着葡萄藤。在酒庄里,人们可以品尝和购买主要来自著名的西斯蔻特产区和雅拉谷产区的葡萄酒。绿石酒庄平均年产量4000吨,可自产3万公升。自带全套生产线,可达到日产量800箱。它是雅拉河谷葡萄酒产区第三大酿酒与技术加工酒庄,有设备先进的酿酒厂,所酿造的葡萄酒品质过硬,多次获得澳大利亚本土的和国际上的各种奖项,得到诸多专业酒评人士的好评。绿石酒庄被詹姆士·哈拉德(JAMES HALLIDAY)评为红5星级酒庄,被誉为澳洲最美旅游胜地之一。

绿石雅拉谷葡萄园处于世界闻名的雅拉谷产区,特产黑皮诺及霞多丽。绿石雅拉谷葡萄园的树龄在三十年以上,由资深栽培大师Marty George精心照管,手工修建。收获的高品质葡萄经过人工采摘精选,由著名酿酒师Travis Bush带领精英酿酒团队精心酿造,产出的葡萄芬芳馥郁、层次饱满、优雅精致、誉满澳洲,获得了无数的好评和大奖。2015年 Estate Pinot Noir曾获得雅拉谷酒展的金奖。

Formerly Greenstone of Heathcote, Greenstone Vineyards began in 2003 as a 40 hectare property near the town of Heathcote at Colbinabbin, about a 90 minute drive north of Melbourne. Lying just north of the Great Dividing Range, at an altitude of around 200 metres, the vineyard is positioned on the ridge of old Cambrian soil that runs through the eastern side of the range. This narrow strip is unique, not only to vine growing in Victoria, but in Australia.

The soils are the oldest known in the country, originating over 550 million years ago. Most soils of volcanic origin in Australia are young and highly acidic whereas these ancient Cambrian soils are near neutral in pH. The range itself is a result of a rift in the sea floor, from which molten rock arose, encapsulating limestone into the lava. The resulting soil is deep, red-coloured, mottled with lime and impart low vigour to the 20 hectares of vines growing in it.

It is from these soils that the winery derives its name – The Heathcote ‘greenstone’ is a form of copper-infused basalt, and is an integral part of the soil. The climate and generous red soils of the Heathcote vineyard create a unique combination that is ideal for producing outstanding Shiraz and Sangiovese wine. It is the identification of this prime location that has shaped the Greenstone philosophy – find the best locations to grow the best grapes, regardless of the wine variety. This is the base from which Greenstone crafts and creates outstanding wines, by utilising outstanding

locations, which in turn produce outstanding grapes, and employing the best in winemaking techniques.

Our focus on producing only the finest wines from the finest grapes means that Greenstone has only ever produced very small quantities of wine – we are not interested in making higher volume commercial wines, rather small volume, handcrafted and premium wines.

The ‘success’ of Greenstone’s Heathcote wines led the team to explore opportunities to expand the wine range beyond just the high quality Shiraz and Sangiovese wines Greenstone has become known for. Upholding the requirement to find the best locations for each varietal, the search led to the Yarra Valley – the home of some of Australia’s finest Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Cabernet varietals. The Yarra Valley vineyard has a long history of producing outstanding wines perfectly suited to, and reflecting, the local climate and soils – a critical part of the Greenstone winemaking philosophy.

In securing our Yarra Valley vineyard and winery we also created the opportunity to open a cellar door only 1 hour from Melbourne’s CBD. The picturesque winery is situated on 90 acres at the base of the Christmas Hills – of which 60 acres are under vine.

Originally Yarra Ridge, the winery was more recently known as Sticks Yarra Valley. Greenstone Vineyards completed the acquisition of the vineyard and winery in January 2015. The expansion of our vineyard and wine portfolio hasn’t changed our views on what makes a great wine – we’ve just created the opportunity to produce a wider range of wine varietals in the way that we think great wines are made – by starting with the best sites that produce the best grapes. These wines will be a reflection of the unique characteristics of their regional site.

WINEMAKERS

Travis Bush

特拉维斯对葡萄酒的第一感兴趣始于1993年,当时他加入了Rob Dolan(Yarra Ridge的酿酒师),在酒厂的实验室工作。

1996年,在与一群充满激情的酿酒师一起工作三年并且葡萄酒贯穿他的血管之后,特拉维斯选择将他的翅膀展开作为欧洲漫游酿酒师与英国公司Bottle Green,与德国各地的许多酿酒大师合作,法国和西班牙。

特拉维斯在阿德莱德学习,并在那里获得了酿酒学的研究生学位。一旦他毕业了Rob Dolan(现在是Sticks的创始酿酒师)和Travis之间的关系,他就会重新点燃。

Travis继续领导Sticks葡萄酒酿造团队,并在风景如画的Yarra Valley实现了他的热情,制作出优质的凉爽气候葡萄酒。 “亚拉河谷非常独特,因为它提供了如此广泛的酿酒机会。 Upper Yarra提供的各种水果风格,直至谷底,意味着葡萄酒酿造风格的范围很广“

现在,Greenstone Vineyards的高级酿酒师,Travis的背景,技能和专业知识将确保Greenstone成功开始新的未来。 “与Greenstone Heathcote葡萄园的水果合作的机会提供了极大的兴奋和期待。 Shiraz和Sangiovese的葡萄品种以及这些品种的克隆选择以及葡萄园葡萄酒的声誉意味着有一个很棒的工作平台。

Travis’s first interest in wine began in 1993 when he joined Rob Dolan (winemaker of Yarra Ridge) to work in the laboratory at the winery.

In 1996, after working alongside a team of passionate winemakers for three years and with wine running through his veins, Travis chose to spread his wings further afield as a roaming winemaker in Europe with UK company Bottle Green, working with many winemaking greats across Germany, France and Spain.

Travis studied in Adelaide where he did his Post graduate degree in Oenology.  Once he graduated the relationship between Rob Dolan (now the founding winemaker at Sticks) and Travis was reignited.

Travis went on to head up the Sticks winemaking team, and was able to realise his passion in the picturesque Yarra Valley, making premium cool climate wines.  “The Yarra Valley is quite unique as it offers such a spectrum of winemaking opportunities.  The broad range of fruit styles offered by the Upper Yarra, down to the Valley floor, means there is great scope for winemaking styles”

Now Senior Winemaker at Greenstone Vineyards, Travis’s background, skill-set and expertise will assure a successful beginning to Greenstone’s new future. “The opportunity to work with fruit from the Greenstone Heathcote vineyard provided great excitement and anticipation.  Varietals of Shiraz and Sangiovese, and the clonal selection of these, along with the reputation of the wines from the vineyard meant there was a fantastic platform to work from”.

Sam Atherton

Sam对葡萄酒的兴趣始于21世纪初。与巴罗莎和亚拉山谷的朋友一起旅行很快将对葡萄酒的兴趣变成了对葡萄酒的热爱。

2006年,在酒店业工作期间,Sam完成了一个侍酒师课程,进一步巩固了他在葡萄酒行业工作的决定。

经过一年的帮助管理墨尔本东南郊区的精品葡萄酒商店,在墨尔本的一家5.5星级酒店担任鸡尾酒调酒师,并在内陆地区的金矿担任地下地质技术员几个月。 ,Sam前往欧洲进行背包冒险。在西欧几次令人惊叹的葡萄酒体验后,他决定在墨尔本注册酿酒学位。

在完成学位课程的同时,他很幸运地在亚拉河谷的Domaine Chandon开始了复古的工作。他在Chandon的酒窖工作了6年,并于2015年在他们的Chandon Californian酒店工作。在他回来后有机会与他合作。

格林斯通葡萄园的特拉维斯布什是进一步增强他对葡萄酒的热情的完美方式。

“我很荣幸能与Heathcote和Yarra Valley葡萄园的超优质水果以及我们的小型专业团队合作,他们都热衷于生产这种水果中最好的葡萄酒。格林斯通的每一款葡萄酒都有一个独特的故事,我总是很高兴与人分享“

对葡萄酒的旅程和热情持续…..

Sam’s interest in wine began in the early 2000s. Trips with friends to the Barossa and Yarra Valleys quickly turned an interest in wine into a love of wine.

In 2006, while working in the hospitality industry Sam completed a sommelier course which further cemented his decision to work in the wine industry.

After a year of helping to manage boutique wine shops around the South-Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, a brief stint working as a cocktail bartender in 5.5 star hotel in Melbourne and a few months working as an underground geo-technician in gold mine in outback W.A., Sam headed over to Europe for a backpacking adventure. It was after several amazing wine experiences in Western Europe that he decided to enrol in a winemaking degree back in Melbourne.

While completing his degree, he was fortunate to start vintage work at Domaine Chandon in the Yarra Valley.  He worked in the cellar at Chandon for 6 years and worked a harvest at their Chandon Californian property in 2015.  On his return the opportunity to work with

Travis Bush at Greenstone Vineyards was the perfect way to further his passion for varietal wines.

“I feel privileged to work with ultra-premium fruit from both our Heathcote and Yarra Valley vineyards and our small dedicated team that are all passionate about producing the best wines from this fruit.  Each one of the Greenstone wines has a unique story that I am always excited to share with people”

The journey and passion for wine continues….