Many people ask us about the name Annapurna........
The name was taken from the second highest mountain in the world by a previous owner. We have discovered that the Nepalese translation is;
"Goddess of Bountiful Harvest and Fertility".
We like this and feel it aptly describes our Vineyard.
The vineyard was established in 1989 and consists of approximately 45 acres of a combination of Pinot Noir, Merlot, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio. The Estate is situated at Tawonga South in the morning shadow of Mount Bogong in the Alpine Valley region of Northeast Victoria. At an altitude of 600 metres high, this is one of the highest vineyards in Victoria. The climate and soil is comparable to the best wine growing areas in Europe. In addition to this, clean water and clear air coupled with very cold winters, hot summer days and cool nights make for intensely flavoured high quality grapes.
1969: The Minutello family bought the property, which at the time was a dairy farm surrounded by bush and swamp. Only a small little shack building was on the property with a small power line, no running water and a single bush track in.
1969-1980: The family grew tobacco.
1980: The family stopped growing tobacco because it wasn’t profitable, and the farm was largely unproductive from 1980-1986.
1988-1989: the first cuttings were planted in the vineyard.
1992: The first fruit was harvested.
1995: The first vintage was produced under the Annapurna Estate label.
1996: Annapurna Estate won Vineyard of the Year and was runners up in the Victorian Farm Management Award.
1998: Annapurna Estate won the Victorian Farm Management Award from the Royal Agricultural Society.
1999: Severe sprint frosts damaged the fruit (one in two hundred year frost).
2000: The reticulated frost mitigation system was setup in the vineyard.
2003: Bush fires raged across the Alpine Valley. The Estate came under threat and the Minutello family kept constant vigilance and defended their property for over 30 days during that hot, dry season. The fruit was damaged from the smoke.
2004: The current logo and wine label was developed.
2005: Bush fires once again swept through the area. Again the fruit was damaged from the smoke.
Vineyard and Climate
At an altitude of 600m this is one of the highest vineyards in Victoria. There are 20 Hectares (50 acres) under vine. The climate and soil type are comparable to the best wine growing areas in Europe. In addition to this, clean water and clear air coupled with very cold winters, hot summer days and cool nights makes for intensely flavoured high quality grapes.
Varieties and Plantings
Pinot Gris – 2 Hectares
Chardonnay – 7.5 Hectares
Pinot Noir – 7.5 Hectares
Merlot – 2 Hectares
The soil type is a-strata 6, duplex soil clay loam. These soils are found on very ancient river terraces, and in some areas are overlain with colluvial material (vi mb). These soils have excellent water holding capacity and require minimum to nil irrigation.
Annapurna Estate is in danger of destructive frosts especially during spring after bud burst. After a severe frost 1996 and 1999, the irrigation system was put in – which is only for frost mitigation. An alarm sounds if the temperature falls too low, and the pump is turned on, and pumps water up from the dam, through the reticulation system and over the vines until dawn.
1200 – 1400 ml per annum
Annapurna Estate produces single estate, cool climate wines. The fruit takes longer to ripen and harvest is later than in warm climates, which allows it time to develop intense flavours. The aim is to express the natural flavours and colours of the fruit, so the style is fresh and elegant, with very little wood or treatment.
Annapurna Estate Sparkling White ‘Black Label’ - 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir
Bronze Award Rutherglen Wine Show 2006. Bronze Medal Cowra Wine Show 2006
Annapurna Estate Sparkling White - 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir
Annapurna Estate ‘Blanc de Noir’ – 100% Pinot Noir
Annapurna Estate Sparkling Red
Silver Award Rutherglen Wine Show 2006, Bronze Medal Cowra Wine Show 2006
Annapurna Estate Chardonnay
Annapurna Estate Alfresco
Annapurna Estate Pinot Noir Reserve
Annapurna Estate Merlot
Beer – Crown Lager, Sweet Water, or Light Beer served in a stubby
Soft drinks and juices
Tea and coffee
Spirits or mixed drinks in ‘ready to drink’ packages may be arranged