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Once home to a significant portion of Victoria’s vineyards, the agricultural corridor of Moorabool Valley – stretching from the Port of Geelong to Ballarat – represents some of Australia’s oldest and most significant winemaking history. Originally established by Swiss vignerons in the 1870s, phylloxera famously saw the vineyards of Geelong eradicated, only to be re-established a century later on some of the original vineyard sites around Anakie. Nowadays, driving through the towns of Lethbridge and Bannockburn, just over an hour from Melbourne, these broad expanses of limestone and basalt soils represent some of Victoria’s most unique winemaking terroir, and the most distinctive expressions of pinot noir, chardonnay and shiraz.
Christina Kaigg

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Ray Nadeson, Maree Collis and Adrian Thomas established Lethbridge in 1995, while all three were pursuing full-time careers in medicine and science. What started as a passion-project has become a full-time pursuit, with Nadeson diversifying the label’s classic Geelong offering of pinot noir and shiraz to include alternative varieties like sangiovese, gamay and nebbiolo. The diversity of wine styles produced sees Lethbridge source a range of grapes from premium sites in Henty, Heathcote and the Pyrenees, with a second cellar door located at Hat Rock Vineyard on the Bellarine.The original cellar door and winery property – with its rendered stone walls and turquoise blue doors – is situated in the town of Lethbridge in the heart of the Moorabool Valley. Unbeknownst to the trio at the time of purchase, the vineyard property was one of the original wineries established in the area in the late 19th century and with Nadeson’s terracotta amphorae lining the walls and part of one of the original wooden fermentation vats forming the tasting bench, it’s easy to imagine the space in another time. CHRISTINA  KAIGG

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