Shaws Road Winery
Shaws Road Winery, in the little hamlet of Arthurs Creek, is a small family-owned winery. Nestled in the rolling hills of the western Yarra Valley, close to Hurstbridge and St Andrews, the views from the winery buildings are exceptionally pretty, looking out over the new prairie-style winery gardens across the family-owned beef farm and apple orchards, to the Kinglake Ranges in the background. The winery has wide verandahs for fine weather dining, or a cosy indoor tasting room when the weather is cooler. The wines produced by Shaws Road are typical Yarra Valley cool-climate wines. Predominately Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot, together with some new methode champenoise Sparkling wines. Open the third Sunday of every month for tastings, wine sales and lunch.
The first vines, Chardonnay, were planted at the Eltham vineyard in 1982. These were followed in 1983 by the Cabernet Sauvignon plantings.
In 1986 the Arthurs Creek vineyard was established planting larger blocks of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and the classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Franc and Merlot. The first commercial vintage was produced in 1990, and the Arthurs Creek vineyard was expanded in 1997 with additional plantings of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In 2007 the new Shaws Road winery and Cellar Door buildings were completed, and in 2008 the Strathewen Hills winery and vineyard were purchased. In 2009, the Black Saturday fire destroys 70% of Strathewen Hills vineyard including Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Chardonnay plantings
Shaws Road Winery is family owned and operated with the help of friends and family with some contract workers brought in for the pruning and harvesting busy periods.
The wine-makers (George Apted, John Graves and Karl Helper) have been making wine together for over 30 years now and enjoy each other’s company and sharing their knowledge of wines and wine-making. Most Saturdays they spend the day tasting, blending, bottling, labelling, pruning or harvesting – whatever the season demands.
The wines are typical cool-climate Yarra Valley wines. Predominately Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet and Merlot, together with some new method champenoise Sparkling wines. There are also some small plantings of Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz, the wines from which are quickly snapped up when released.
The wines are available at most Cellar Doors, Restaurants and pubs in the local district where most regulars and weekend tourists make a point of favouring the locally produced wines.