Explorer Thomas Mitchell was the first European recorded to have travelled through the district on his 1836 journey of exploration, naming it Pyrenees as it reminded him of the Pyrenees in Europe where he had served in the army.
The first vines were planted in the Avoca area in 1848 by a man named MacKereth. His 100,000 litre winery was able to support each of the three wine shops in the thriving town of Avoca. He eventually sold his wine-related assets to a clergyman named Dawson who promptly uprooted the vines, shut the winery and destroyed the cellars. Such was the undeserved death of the Pyrenees district until this foolishness was redressed when Château Remy started in 1961.
The weather pattern of winter and early spring rains and a dry summer (when vintage occurs) make the Pyrenees a grape growers paradise compared with other winegrowing regions which often receive rain at vintage with a consequent risk of fungal disease. Its inland location gives rise to low midsummer relative humidity.
Blue Pyrenees Estate was established in 1963 by the French company Remy Martin, and was among the modern Australian wine industry's first ventures into cool climate viticulture.
Today, Blue Pyrenees is 100 per cent Australian owned and is led by Chief Winemaker Andrew Koerner. Proud of the fact that all of their wines are made from grapes grown in their vineyards and produced in their estate winery, Blue Pyrenees Estate are committed to making authentic, world class-quality wines.
Answering all of the questions you've always wanted to ask, Blue Pyrenees Estate's chief winemaker Andrew Koerner will take guests through the methode traditionelle sparkling wine-making process, giving a rare insight into how Australia's first World Champion Sparkling wine is made. Finish with spar...
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