In 1997, Ann and Keith
Wightwick established the Wightwick estate vineyard in the Ballarat region.
THE WINEMAKING PROCESS
Winemaker and son, Simon
Wightwick, is an avid believer that the best wines are made from the best
vineyards – which is why Simon and his parents carefully tend to the
vineyard each year, hand pruning, thinning and picking the fruit to ensure
At harvest time, family and
friends gather to harvest the grapes, along with Simon’s kelpies Bruce and
Fox who are well versed in the art of making wine.
With a background in
sculpture and fine arts, Simon studied winemaking at Charles Sturt
University. Today, Simon is part of a network of innovative young
winemakers who regularly share ideas and knowledge, and who encourage each
other to think outside the square.
Simon has an appreciation
for traditional winemaking practices, which in the end is about making
wine simply and naturally. Simon’s approach to winemaking reflects this
philosophy - Wightwick wines are not fined or filtered, and are
transferred using gravity rather than pumps. The aim is to make wines that
have the ability to, and that improve with, age.
Shortly after the vineyard
was planted, Keith and Simon built an underground wine cellar from old red
gum sleepers – reminiscent of the historic gold mining shafts in the
The underground cellar was
built to facilitate the ageing of the wine and to ensure that the wine
produced from the Wightwick vineyard is released to the market with some
CURRENT RELEASE WINES:
2010 Pinot Noir (Ballarat)
2012 Chardonnay (Ballarat) Sold Out
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Yarra Valley)
WHERE TO FIND OUR WINES:
Cellardoor, 323 Slatey Creek Road Nth, Invermay
Open by chance or by appointment, ring 53324443
Campana's Stockade Cellars, Cnr Mair & Armstrong St, Ballarat
Several restaurants especially during Ballarat by the Glass.
Creek Rd Nth, Invermay.
Wightwick wines will release their Gold Medal and
Trophy winning 2012 Pinot Noir during Ballarat by the Glass.
Tastings and sales will be available on Sunday, 2nd November at 323 Slatey
Creek Rd Nth, Invermay.
Sales by the glass will be available at Mitchell Harris Winebar during
Sales by the bottle will be available at Campanas Stockade Cellars.
The wine will be served during the Duck and Pinot experience on 22nd
Sunday, 2nd November 2 - 5 pm
music by Syrah
$10 entry includes tastings and music.
Platters available for sale.
Sunday, 14th December 4 - 7 pm
Kevin Antonio Alive & Kicking
$10 entry covers music
Pizza de Wheels and coffee van
Add the dates to your
diary and spread the word to your friends
Ann on 53324443 or Keith 0402 102421