del Rios of Mt Anakie is a boutique family owned vineyard and winery producing a range of cool climate wines hand crafted from premium estate grown fruit. The wines are elegant, complex and reflect the true varietal character of Anakie in the Moorabool Valley, north west of Geelong in Victoria, Australia.
We believe that great wines are produced from the best quality grapes. Thus, the wines are hand pruned and trained, the fruit is hand picked and the wines are handcrafted solely from estate grown fruit.
Gus and Esther del Rio with their 3 sons Andres, Joshua and Marcus purchased the property in 1994 and the first vines were planted in 1996. 18 hectares are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Marsanne.
This labour of love and family commitment to their passion produces a premium range of low yield, beautifully crafted wines under the del Rios owner and wine maker Gus del Rio.
Our vineyard is located at 220 to 280 meters above sea level on the steep sloping, northwestly aspect of Mt Anakie and combined with the rich volcanic to grey alluvial soil, is perfect for growing good fruit. Vines are cane pruned, vertically shoot positioned with shoot removal in spring to facilitate air and sunlight exposure within the canopy.
There are seven different varieties Sauvignon Blanc, Marsanne, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, and Merlot planted on the 35 acres under vines. The warmer and well-drained lower blocks allow us to control vigour and consistently ripen our cabernet sauvignon.
Anakie area has a continental climate and has a low rainfall being in the rain shadow of the Brisbane The climate helps to provide prolonged ripening conditions, resulting in low disease pressure and allows control of the canopy through drip irrigation. Special care is given to vine trellising and canopy management so as to maximize the fruit quality for each vintage.
In 2004, the fully equipped winery was built on site, which includes a bottling and labeling line. The fruit is handpicked and whole bunch pressed for the white wines. Later the wine is quality assessed and the best premium wine is allocated to the del Rios label or to our second range called Mayhem@Anakie. French oak barrels are used exclusively. We can comfortably process over 150 tonnes and have tank space to hold this. The large range of small tanks allows individual parcels of wines to be processed and kept separate.
Enjoy fabulous sweeping views of the countryside to the You Yangs and Geelong. With traditional spanish hospitality our cellar door is open from 11am to 5pm.
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