Wendy and David bought the vineyard in 1995 and have since transformed it with a continual program of grafting, canopy management and replanting (500 vines).
In the 30th edition of Australian Wine Vintages, Robert Geddes MW, listed the Eldridge Estate MV6 Pinot Noir and the Eldridge Estate Chardonnay are listed as gold star wines. The Australian Wine Vintages gold stars are an accolade of the winemaker’s ability to achieve consistently high standards of fruit, flavour complexity and freshness. Since that edition Eldridge has always received high ratings.
The vineyard is now predominantly a mix of Pinot Noir (8 clones) and Chardonnay (6 clones). It also has a small amount of Gamay and Sauvignon Blanc. Our first release was in late 1997, a Chardonnay from 1996 which received great reviews immediately.
Our second release was the Pinot Noir from 1997 which was produced in sufficient quantities to enter the Cowra wine show where it achieved a GOLD medal and equal top score.
Our first Trophy was in the Southern Victorian Wine Show where the Chardonnay from the 2000 vintage was awarded the best Chardonnay and Best White wine of the show.
In 2006 and 2015 Eldridge Estate was asked to represent Australian Pinot Noir at the International Pinot Noir Celebration in Oregon.
Sadly, on February 18, 2014, Wendy died after an 18 month struggle with breast cancer. Together we pursued a dream and created our own patch of heaven. David remains to drive the passion and preserve the perfect patch of dirt that he and Wendy nurtured together for nearly 20 years. Friends Carol Crowther, Peter Brown, Marg Beuth, John and Mary-Ann Zulian continue to help.