Address: 2290 Ballan Rd, Anakie
Phone: 03 5284 1227
Review by: Del Rios
The Del Rios vineyard and winery is located on the western slopes of the ancient volcano of Mt Anakie in the Geelong region of Victoria, Australia and offers distinctive premium cool climate wines. It is located near the small township of Anakie in the foothills of the scenic Brisbane Ranges National Park which offers numerous natural attractions and walking tracks.
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.
German del Rio was born in 1920 in San Cristobal de Valdueza, in the northern mountainous region of Spain, near the border with Portugal. The family had blocks of vines grown on the steep slopes below the village. German migrated to Australia, and three generations have since shared in the Australian experience.
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.
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 and then to the 3D wine range. 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.
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.