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Ringer Reef Cellar Door

Open from 12 noon to 5pm 7 days a week, all seasons.

Bruce Holm - Winemaker

Bruce has been making wine for over 40 years, a career focused on large scale commercial wine production in Griffith and Mildura. He always had an ambition to one day hand craft his own premium wine.  In 1996 Bruce and Annette set off from Mildura to find a fitting place finally choosing the 35 Ha property at Porepunkah.  First and foremost it was well suited to quality wine grape growing with deep well drained soils and elevation of between 290 and 350m.  With an average rainfall of around 1100mm and deep soils grapes can be grown without the need for irrigation.  Together with the spectacular views and commercial potential from the regions vibrant tourist trade, it was just what they were searching for. The property was purchased at the end of 1996.

The first vines, 3.2 Ha of Merlot were planted in 1998. Outside vintage Bruce travelled from Mildura every weekend to maintain the property.  In 2000 Bruce and Annette made the move from Mildura to Porepunkah. Initially Bruce worked at Gapsted wines and then with Sam Miranda Wines in Oxley before ‘retiring’ in 2008.  A winery and cellar door sales was built in 2005. Initially Merlot was the only wine produced from grapes grown on the property. Gradually Bruce purchased parcels of Chardonnay from neighbouring vineyards and Sangiovese and Sauvignon Blanc from the King Valley to build the Ringer Reef portfolio.

Bruce felt that to have complete control of the quality of fruit he needed to grow his own. A strong following of Ringer Reef Sauvignon Blanc had developed, and with that, Bruce planted his own vines in 2006. An existing passion for the food matching Italian varietals led to the planting of Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and Montepulciano in 2006 and 2007. Further plantings were Petit Manseng in 2008 and Moscato Giallo in 2009.  A trip to Italy in August 2011 provided some insight into growing and producing wines from these varieties resulting in further plantings of Nebbiolo on the highest part of the property.

With an established Chardonnay label, the variety was planted in 2010 on two specialised clones, for still and sparkling wine production.  Pinot Noir for sparkling wine was also planted
in 2010. With the exception of some Semillon sourced for a
sweet botrytised wine, all fruit will be estate grown by 2013.