The Indigo Wine Company was established in 1997, after a year long, Australia wide search for The Great Vineyard Site led us to a sheep station called The Big Valley. In 1999 plantings commenced. Our very first wine in 2000 was called Medley it was a combination of all the berries from barely one year old vines, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet all blended together. After more than 15 years our wines are consistently applauded by critics.
Growing superb grapes is both our passion and our core business. Everyone agrees that “great wines start in the vineyard”. As specialist grape growers, we are proud that our grapes find their way into fabulous wines produced by great wine makers. While our facilities are rustic we make sure our wines receive the best. A simple example is the Riedel glasses you taste with at the cellar door.
We aim to have a light touch on the earth. We have a focused effort on vine health through biodynamic methods, 100 tonne compost application, undervine slashing to promote microbial activity and nutrient monitoring. Our flock of Dorper sheep keep our midrows down reducing our tractor work and thus both diesel use and soil compaction while adding nutrients from their dung. All of this assists with fertiliser management and biodiversity.
The Beechworth Wine Region
The Beechworth wine region is defined by geology. Volcanic activity 415 million years ago pushed masses of granite into the original slate and shale bedrock. This lifted the region up above the surrounding plain. Our region starts at 300m altitude and rises to over 800m.
The mineral rich hills around Beechworth are home to more than two dozen vineyards that are tended with a fierce independence and a passion for making the very best artisan wines.
Being situated at elevation on the continental side of the Victorian Alps; this allows for warm, sunny days to reliably ripen the crop, as well as cool nights, which temper any heat and produce wine grapes with natural balance and elegance.
With the combination of premium vineyards, careful winemaking and passion, the goal of the Beechworth vignerons is to make the very best wines which sit proudly beside those from the best regions of Australia and the world.