The Ross Hill Wine Group roots were firmly planted in 1994 by Peter and Terri Robson. Joined by their son James and wife Chrissy in 2006 to continue the hard work, passion and dedication to produce exceptional quality and elegantly refined, cool climate Ross Hill Wines.
In 2008 wine making duo Phil and Rochelle Kerney joined the family. Phil brings with him 15 years of wine making experience both in Australia and Internationally. Rochelle has been by Phil’s side through much of his winemaking journey and is herself working towards her own qualification as a winemaker. The Kerney’s have brought with them an enormous amount of passion, care and knowledge of wine and the winemaking process, which fits perfectly into our family mould. In 2014 Phil & Rochelle were recognised by Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine as winemaker(s) of the year finalists.
The Ross Hill Vineyard is situated on the gentle north
facing slopes of Griffin Rd, Orange at an elevation ranging from 750 to
850 metres. Such elevation presents its self in our wines that are so
distinctively high altitude and cool climate produce.
Covering the hills with 12 hectares (ha) of established vine
we are able to grow the majority of the grapes used in our wines. Ross
Hill white wine varieties include Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc, and
the iconic red styles of Merlot, Shiraz and Cabernet Franc, Cabernet
Sauvignon and Cabernet Shiraz.
To complement the Ross Hill vineyard was the planting
in 2008 of 5 more hectares of vine in the fertile volcanic basalt soils
at Wallace Lane. With an even higher altitude at 1018 metres above sea
level, it is one of the highest and coldest vineyards in Australia.
These vines are the Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir and are the perfect conditions for these varieties.
All 17ha of vine are handled with the utmost care by being
hand pruned to maintain the exceptional quality and flavour that carry
through to our wines. We pride ourselves on our quality not the
Our environmental policy sees no use of insecticides and
reduced irrigation impact by a program of mulching cover crops planted
between the rows between autumn and winter.
With a dream to pick our grapes and make our wines in
Orange, we set out to seek a location that
could offer the space for a winery infrastructure as well as the
appropriate soil and conditions for our vines to maintain our signature
cool climate characteristics in the wines.
Our dreams were met with the purchase of the Wallace Lane
facility. Previously an old apple packing shed it was the perfect fit
for a modern new winery. With its 2400m2 shed and 4 temperature
controlled rooms ideal for storing both fruit and juice, the rest of the
space could be utilised as barrel rooms and front section as a generous
space for cellar door activity.
The winery is also fitted with the custom design and
technology that best compliments Phil Kerney’s winemaking methods.
The first vintage produced the equivalent of 320 tonnes for Ross Hill Wines and 6 local contract clients.
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