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Midhill Vineyard...rated 4 stars by James Halliday.

2013 has been a “trophy and medals year” for Midhill.

At the Daylesford Wine Show, our 2009 Sparkling Macedon Blanc de Blancs won a gold medal and trophy for “Best sparkling wine”.

At the Kyneton Wine Show, the 2012 Midhill - Romsey Creek Chardonnay won the award for the “Best White Wine in Show” and the Gordon Knight Trophy for the “Best Wine in Show”.

Our other current releases: 2013 Gewurztraminer (just bottled) and the 2010 Pinot noir both won bronze medals.

This vintage has started well with an early budburst about the 10 September and timely Spring rains. We have been in luck so far, avoiding the frost damage that has hit other vineyards in this and other regions. Perhaps our sprays of molasses have helped. Danger of frost for us abates after about 10 November. The molasses helps protect the leaves from freezing.

Midhill Vineyard is located 2km west of Romsey in the Macedon Ranges, central Victoria, just a 1 hour drive from Melbourne’s CBD.

Hew and Di Richards first planted grapes at Midhill in 1993. The vines are now well established and annual production is about 3 tons/acre. The aim is to produce quality grapes through careful viticulture so providing winemakers with the best posible fruit.

The vineyard on volcanic soil overlooks the pretty valley of 5 Mile Creek, (original name "Romsey Creek") and faces North towards Ochiltrees Hill. The valley below assists the cold air drainage and reduces frost risk.

The cold climate and elevation of our site is conducive to slow ripening fruit. Cold nights in Autumn help to retain good natural acidity. Harvest time is well into late March for sparkling base and early April for table wine. Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Pinot noir ripen well.

The Midhill farm also is home to a herd of Angus cattle which calve in Autumn and are grass fed only. In Autumn they graze in the vineyard to control weeds. Sheep are put into the vineyard in Winter.

 Our entry into the wine making world has been accompanied by a few lucky events. One of our neighbours, and pioneer winemaker/vignerons of the district advised us to plant Chardonnay first. Chardonnay is a multi-purpose grape variety which can be used to make a range of table wine styles and is a major ingredient in sparkling wine.

Initially we set out to only grow wine grapes to sell, but we were encouraged to make wine for our own label and sought out some wine makers of the region to make it for us. We had made a Sparkling Chardonnay “Blanc de Blancs” (white of whites) under contract.  Our MACEDON Blanc de Blancs is a, dry, citrus style which develops creamy yeast overtones after at least 3 - 4 years on lees. The Chardonnay table wine is a lightly wooded, fruit driven style with excellent varietal flavours and full mouth feel.

Another happy turn of events was the discovery that some of our vines in the first planting were not Chardonnay. Instead of green, the grapes were pink/brown and very popular with the pickers, and the birds. The fruit ripened a little earlier and so was picked separately. It was identified as Gewurztraminer. “Gewurz” is a German word for “spicy”. Traminer possibly originated in Northern Italy and is a variety grown best in colder areas (notably in Alto Adige in Italy and Alsace France). Research tells us that variety gave the best flavour and aromas when grown in cold areas on well drained, acidic soils of volcanic origin. Our vineyard site is just that. We currently have approximately ½ acre of Gewürztraminer planted.

We are finding there are many Gewürztraminer lovers among the wine drinking population. The Midhill Gewurztraminer has a classic Turkish delight palate and musk, floral spice rose petal aromas. It is fermented dry and has a lively crisp acidity. The recent vintages of 2010, 2012 and 2013 have produced excellent wines.

Our third variety at Midhill is Pinot Noir (clone MV6). These vines are now +14 years old and the wine produced is a well structured table wine with good varietal flavour. Vintages 2007, 2008 and 2010 have consistently won Bronze medals at the Macedon Ranges Wine Exhibition. Our current release 2010 Pinot Noir has now some bottle age and is developing into a soft, savoury, fruit driven wine with a nice balanced acidity.


1.   "Daylesford Macedon Produce harvest week festival"    25 April to 4 May 2014

Come and visit us at two Farmers Markets,  Lancefield on 26 April and at Woodend on 3 May from 9am to 1pm.

We will be at Midhill Vineyard cellar door from 2pm till 4 pm each Saturday 26 April and 3 May  and  open from 10 - 4 pm on each Sunday 27 April and 4th May.

You can phone 03 5429 5565 for further information.


2.    "BUDBURST" -  Macedon Ranges Wine & Food festival  15-16 Nov. 2014

Midhill will be among +20 wineries opening their cellar doors over that weekend.

Come and enjoy our award winning wines in a shady, scenic cellar door overlooking the green valley of the

5 Mile Creek (Romsey Creek).

We offer you a light lunch and a selection of wines including:

2009 MACEDON Sparkling Blanc de Blancs (4 years on lees) - Trophy winner Daylesford Wine show 2013

2013 Gewurztraminer (dry and aromatic) 

2012 Chardonnay - Trophy winner Kyneton Wine Show 2013 & Gordon Knight Trophy for best wine in show

New release 2013 vintage  Chardonnay

2010 Pinot noir.


 Please take a look at the Budburst Website by clicking on the link below.

For more info on BUDBURST ...

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Posted by Janice Milhinch on
Fantastic website! Love those images!
Posted by Gary Smith on
Hi Hew and Di,
your website looks great! Heather and I must find the time one of these days to come up and visit you guys, and to taste some of your fine wines whilst we catch up on all our news. I am still working, but looking forward to slowing down later next year, if not before! cheers for now, Gary Smith
Posted by Keith Redman on
Hi Hewdi - a nice website homepage. with tasteful design to match the wines, which gets across just the right amount of information. Now there's a rarity! Must be Spiegeltent time again soon?
Posted by Keith Redman on
PS Hadn't looked at the gallery before I sent the previous message. Some lovely shots there. I think there might even be one or two that I took a while ago on an open day - looks like Liz with the tasting group. Nice to have the family and friends in some of the shots - reinforces the feeling of a family enterprise.
Posted by Bill Sweetland on
Hew, Thanks for the intro to your website - setting a high standard. Must try and get to visit you - will wait until Paul and Liz Webb are again visiting from NY later in the year. Imagine they will enjoy your wines also.
Cheers, Bill
Posted by chris & Margery renwick on
great website Hew and Di, and both Di and Nick look young in the photo!!!
Posted by Roger and Annabel on
Great Website Hew and Di,
Looking forward to many more visits.
Annabel and Roger
Posted by Ronda Collins on
Hi Hew and Di,

Your websit looks great. You know with something like this you'll be busier than ever!


Ronda and David Collins
Posted by Lisa Fitzgerald on
I am interested in buying 1/2 dozen mixed, having just talked to your son James.
Kind regards,
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