In 1973 Dr Bailey Carrodus released the first commercial vintage of wine from the Yarra Valley since 1923. The wines reflect this highly individual man, the site he chose so carefully, and the vagaries of the seasons in which they are produced.
Wine was grown in Victoria's Yarra Valley from the mid 1800's through to the 1920’s and was a principal export of the new colony. The industry was halted in the 1920’s by the economics of the day, changing tastes and the high price of wool. It would need a visionary to re-establish winemaking in the Yarra Valley and in 1969 one came along. Dr Bailey Carrodus was ideally qualified to become a great vigneron. A degree in botany, another in winemaking and a doctorate earned at Oxford for research into plant physiology, combined with a passion for great wine, a love of food and art, and a fiercely independent mind equipped him well. In 1969 after a long search for the perfect site Dr Carrodus planted 12 hectares of vines at the foot of the Warramate Hills. The gentle slope with its northerly aspect and deep grey silty loam shot through with bands of gravel fulfilled all of his requirements. Good drainage, all day exposure to the warm sun, and enough elevation from the valley floor to avoid the spring frosts. He named his vineyard Yarra Yering and in 1973 produced his first vintage of Dry Red Wine No’s 1 & 2.
Yarra Yering quickly gained an international reputation for quality and individuality and for the next 35 years Dr Carrodus made his wines to great critical and commercial success.
We charge a tasting fee of $10 per person which is refundable upon purchase for the individual purchasing. The tasting fee is non-refundable for groups of 5 or more. Groups of up to 12 are welcome by appointment in advance on 03 5964 9267 or email.
When visiting the cellar door please do not enter the vineyard. Phylloxera has been detected in some Yarra Valley vineyards and can cause irreparable damage. The bug is easily transported from place to place on footwear and vehicles.
Please keep in mind that wine does not travel well and can be damaged by the temperatures reached inside a car left in the sun. If you purchase wine you need to take responsibility for its transport home and its storage once there.
Our wines are made to age and will repay cellaring under the appropriate conditions. We use the highest quality cork we can source and suffer less than 1% of bottles affected by cork taint. If you are unlucky enough to open a wine with this problem please reseal it and return it to us immediately. We will replace any corked wine as close to the vintage as is possible, however the wine must be returned to us for assessment.