Good Wine, Simple ,Quality Food and Stunning Architecture as well as being one of Melbourne’s closest wineries, make Panton Hill Winery a popular place to visit on weekends. All visitors are welcome and we endeavour to look after everyone who arrives. To deliver an enjoyable and personalised experience for everyone , booking is recommended for numbers over two, especially if you wish to eat on an “Open Kitchen“ day. Panton Hill Winery will never be a big volume place, and this helps us with our cooking, staffing and seating! Wine is excellent and food is simple,home-made and good. On Sundays the pace is a little slower, stays can be a bit longer and wine tasting is quite a focus. Guests bring their own food. This is quite a popular day also, so best to book so we can save you a table!
On any open day you can expect to enjoy an interesting and enjoyable wine tasting of a wide range of quality, traditionally produced, estate wines. Panton Hill winery is the perfect place to relax any time, with good wine, good food and good friends…and family of course. The open fire will be lit in winter and a sunny (or shaded) courtyard will be waiting in fine weather. What more is there?
Winemaker and Viticulturist Teunis Kwak was born in Holland, raised in Canada and finally settled in Australia. He bought the land that was to become Panton Hill Vineyard and Winery in 1973. The land was a bush block with its share of blackberries, no road access, electricity or water.
Teunis began the job of transforming the block almost single-handedly while still working as an Associate Professor in the Earth Science Department of Latrobe University. Although he had no background in building, Teunis did know a good rock when he saw one. Outcropping sandstone from the property formed the major material for his building. Convict mined Grampians sandstone (from the same quarry as parliament house), recycled timbers and Welsh slate (originally ballast in early ships to Australia) are just some of the materials used. The building became a matter of trial and error, research, some common sense and lots of physical perseverance and determination.
Teunis made his first wine when he was 14 years old, out of wild black cherries picked in the Canadian forest. Maybe this was a promise of things to come. The first vines were planted in 1977 with the major part of the crop planted in 1987/88. The rocky, dry slopes with little soil have produced tough vines that yield low crop levels. The grape quality is very high, producing fruity, complex wines that do exceptionally well in the cellar. Biological farming techniques are used.
Panton Hill Winery is not a solo creation, but rather the result of a great partnership between Teunis and his wife Dorothy. She has been closely involved in the winemaking, marketing and evolution of the business since its inception.
Together our aim is to create consistently high quality wines that are eminently drinkable: meaning, wines that are soft, fruity & complex. We want our guests to feel welcome and well looked after in beautiful surroundings. Providing wine education as much or as little as you like, is also part of our philosophy. Above all, everything done here has to be fun and enjoyable for our customers and for us!