“For some years Australians have been at the cutting edge of the New World of wine as the country has dramatically increased the extent to which it exports both its wines and its winemakers.”
— Jancis Robinson MW
The Henty Wine Region is in south western Victoria, approximately 300km west of Melbourne and 500km south east of Adelaide. The largest towns in the region are Portland, Warrnambool and Hamilton.
The area is endowed with natural beauty from the rolling redgum-dotted pastures of the north to the dramatic coastline of the south.
The Henty brothers arrived in Portland Bay in 1834 in the schooner "Thistle" and established the first permanent European settlement in Victoria.
They also brought the first grapevine cuttings to Victoria, according to the Thistle's cargo manifest. The Hentys helped to develop south west Victoria into a renowned pastoral and agricultural region - now an emerging viticultural area which bears their name.
The climate is characterised by cold, wet winters and warm, dry summers followed by a long cool autumn ripening period. Grapes ripen later here than in many other wine regions, resulting in superb intense varietal flavours.
Jones Winery: Jones Winery is one of the oldest and smallest wineries in the Rutherglen District. Established in 1860 by a German migrant named Fritz Ruhe, this was the first winery in Rutherglen where the devastating louse phylloxera, that wiped out all the vineyards in Victoria, was discovered.
Fritz lived long enough to see the vineyard replanted and died in 1914 at the age of 85. Fritz's son William sold the winery to Clarence Carbery in 1925. He worked the property for two years before it was bought by Leslie Jones Senior ("Jimmy"). The property known as Jones Winery & Vineyard has remained in the Jones family ever since.
South Australia is the most important wine producing state and is consistently responsible for almost 50% of Australia’s annual production. It is also home to some of the most famous regions, historic estates and oldest vines in the country. It is the driest state in Australia but diagonally dissected by the Murray River which supplies critical water for irrigation in many regions. There are a multitude of different soil types and local mitigating influences such as altitude and cooling ocean breezes that allow for a wide range of wine styles.
PUNCH, Yarra Valley Vic: Punch began on 1 January 2005, when we (James and Claire Lance) began leasing Lance's Vineyard and Winery, Yarra Valley, from David and Catherine Lance. We believe that this vineyard has proven itself to be one of Australia's distinguished sites, and our aim is to maximise the quality of the fruit grown here. In the winery we endeavour to minimise additions and wine movements, to keep oak in the background, and to be sensitive to each parcel of fruit. We want the wines to tell their own history.