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Making Wine with a Law Degree

After 5 years working as a lawyer in a large Commercial Legal Firm in Melbourne, I decided to take a huge tree and career change. Having a passion for wine and appetite for adventure, Tom and I “stumbled” across Armstead Estate, a boutique winery on the banks of Lake Eppalock, by boat, instantly falling in love with the unique lakeside setting and exceptional wines. After taking over Armstead Estate in July 2017, our first vintage was 2018. Since then, we have continued to make wine from our unique one-acre lakeside vineyard, as well as sourcing fruit from unique low cropped vineyards throughout the Heathcote region, carefully developing each varietal’s individual flavour and expression of site. In 2020, I worked alongside Rob Ellis at Hanging Rock Winery, developing my skills and experimenting with...

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2019 Vintage Report

2019 was a sensational vintage for us. Although yields were a little down, as a result of minimal rainfall over the Spring and Summer months leading up to picking, the berries were mid-sized and an explosion of flavour.

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We love wine. And adventure. So we combined the two.

Hello. Thought it was worth introducing ourselves, so you know a little more about us and who are the faces behind the wines we make. We are Tom and Emily - or Tom and Em, as we're fondly known as by family and friends. We are ardent about all things wine (obvious right?) and (crazily) embarked on this wild adventure in July 2017. Armstead was the passion project of Peter Armstead, who planted some exceptional Shiraz in 2003, only metres from Lake Eppalock on an easterly facing slope.  A shallow strip of Cambrian soil runs through the middle, deep red and mineral rich. We "stumbled" across Armstead one sunny Autumn day in March 2017, whilst taking our new boat for its maiden voyage. ...

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