Vineyard

The property is planted with 12ha of vineyard across three unique sites: “The View”, “The Gate” and “Belaradah”. Our viticulture practices aim to produce quality and balanced grapes while respecting the environment in which we work. This entails keeping yields low and carrying out all pruning and harvesting by hand.

The VIEW

Planted on a steep south-facing slope on shallow soil with underlying rock. The protection from the hot northerly winds and cooler overnight temperatures during the growing season makes this site ideal for the slow ripening of our cool-climate varietals.
Planted: 1998
Elevation: 301 m
Exposure: South
Area: 3.2 ha
Varietals: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Crepolino

The GATE

Planted on a moderate slope and stretches onto flat with deeper clay-loam surface soils and underlying rock. Full exposure to sunlight throughout the day creates optimal growing conditions for warm-climate varietals.
Planted: 1998
Elevation: 158 m
Exposure: Southwest
Area: 3.4 ha
Varietals: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Shiraz, Viognier

BELARADAH

Situated at the mouth of Long Gully, planted on a moderate rise, its takes full advantage of the softer morning sun and late afternoon shading. A dryer site due to exposure to northerly winds. Deep red brown clay sub soils.
Planted: 2007
Elevation: 122 m
Exposure: North
Area: 4.8 ha
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Nebbiolo, Pinot Noir

Winemaking

Stefani Estate instills passion and attention into every stage of the production process, which in turn produces fine wines that wine lovers appreciate. Our range of red and white wines is sure to satisfy the palate of every enthusiast.

People

Stefano Stefani

Owner

Stefano’s childhood was surrounded by vineyards and olive groves in the little village of Lonnano, Tuscany. With his family’s influence he became an avid collector of good wines. He came to Australia after meeting his wife Rina in 1981. Here he discovered great opportunities to create beautiful vineyards when the Yarra Valley property was purchased in 1997. With persistence and great passion Stefano has succeeded in living his dream of producing quality wines.

Peter Mackey

Winemaker

Peter has been involved with wineries since his childhood in New Zealand. He studied winemaking at EIT Hawke Bay NZ and has broadened his experience working in various countries including USA, France, South Africa, Argentina, the UK, Chile and China. In March 2013 Peter took on the position of Winemaker at Stefani Estate and overlooks the running of all vineyards in Healesville. He is keen to bring his expertise to Stefani Estate focusing on producing premium wines. All production from crushing of the grapes to labelling and packaging of the bottled wine is carried out at the winery on Long Gully Road, Healesville.