“We craft 100% Heathcote wines from our Toolleen vineyards which flourish on the regions famed 550 million-year-old red Cambrian soils”

Tellurian was born of our founder Ian Hopkins passion for Heathcote shiraz. Offered the opportunity to partner in a vineyard on the Mount Camel range in 2002, Ian’s caution was overcome by the idea of crafting something fine and beautiful from Heathcote’s 550 million-year-old Cambrian soils.

Bringing together our team, winemaker Tobias Ansted, viticulturist Tim Brown and co-principal Daniel Hopkins, Ian’s never-say-die attitude saw the first vintage of Tellurian shiraz bottled in 2008. Within four years we had completed building of an Australian shed-style winery and cellar door overlooking 23 ha of vineyards.

Shiraz was our first planting, but over time we have added Rhone varieties, grenache, mouverdre, marsanne, roussane and viognier and Italian wines; nero d’avola and fiano which are perfectly suited to our continental climate.

Tellurian meaning ‘of the earth’ reflects our love for this land; for its spectacular raw Australianness, for characters that come from the ancient red soils and for our connection with this place. We are proud to be 100% Heathcote.

Our vineyards are of critical importance, how they respond to site, aspect, climate and nuances of the seasons. As great wines grow from beautifully healthy vines we strive to achieve balance and intensity of flavour in our vineyards, picking at the perfect moment of ripeness for each wine style. We are currently in transition to organic wine growing.

Our winemaking is minimalistic and gentle; when you drink our wines we want you to smell and taste the unique personalities of our vineyards, to recognise Heathcote in your glass.