We are a passionate duo, making exceptional wines for people who are passionate about classical varietals.
We are a boutique winery centrally located within the Heathcote Wine Region, on the northern banks of Lake Eppalock. Our unique, 16-year-old vineyard is on an easterly facing slope, over a shallow strip of Cambrian soil, just metres from the lake.
We source extraordinary fruit from premium growers throughout the Heathcote region, carefully developing each varietal’s individual regional flavour.
We aim for precise and authentic wines, following the principles of minimal intervention. Our wines are handcrafted, fruit driven and elegant, exhibiting full flavours and Cambrian characteristics, which are unique to the Heathcote Terroir.
The humans behind the vino
Armstead is owned and operated by us - Tom & Emily - who have a passion for wine and appetite for adventure.
Armstead was founded by Peter and Sharon Armstead in 2003, when our lakeside Shiraz vineyard was planted by hand with the help of good friends. Whilst waiting for the vines to grow, Peter sourced premium fruit across the Heathcote Wine Region, continually sourcing different varieties from premium growers to make his wines truly remarkable.
In March 2017, we "stumbled" across Armstead by boat, instantly falling in love with the unique lakeside setting and exceptional wines.
Our first vintage was 2018, adopting a fresh style whilst following the principles of minimal intervention. Using a combination of traditional and contemporary winemaking techniques, we aim to capture the elements of each unique terroir, so that every bottle is a true expression of that varietal. We want to show you how the climate, soil and terrain can influence the aromas of our wines, so that you can enjoy everything we love about the Heathcote Wine Region.
So crack a bottle open today - we hope you love it as much as we do.