Cardiologist Peter Thompson planted the first vines at Thompson Estate in 1997, inspired by his and his family’s shareholdings in the Pierro and Fire Gully vineyards and by visits to many of the world’s premium wine regions. Two more vineyards (both planted in ’97) have been purchased, varieties include cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, semillon, pinot noir and malbec. Thompson Estate wines are made onsite at its state-of-the-art winery. Exports to the UK, Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Singapore and Honk Kong. -JAMES HALLIDAY
Jane and Peter Thompson purchased the Thompson Estate property in 1994, and the first plantings of chardonnay and pinot were in 1997, followed by the cabernet plantings in 1998. New plantings include new Burgundian clones of chardonnay, a total of 20 hectares under vine. From the outset at Thompson Estate, the focus has been on high quality wine production and this has been recognized in a large number of wine show medals and accolades from the wine press. The most treasured has been the recognition by James Halliday, Australia’s premier wine critic, that Thompson Estate is a Five Red Star winery, placing it in the top echelon of Australian wineries. The original model of winemaking reflected Peter’s medical background and was based on the medical specialty model of choosing the best specialist to make each wine. This careful selection of specialist winemakers produced some stunning wines, but the management challenge of dealing with wine production in five different wineries became too complex, and a state of the art winery was designed and built on the property. The first vintage in the new winery was 2009.
Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
Tastings by appointment welcomed. Open on Public Holidays. Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Sun: 11:00am till 5:00pmTue: 11:00am till 5:00pmWed: 11:00am till 5:00pmThu: 11:00am till 5:00pmFri: 11:00am till 5:00pmSat: 11:00am till 5:00pm
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