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The Carriages Vineyard

The initial 10 acre planting took place in 1996 by the Johnson family. This consisted of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The following year a further 5 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon was put under vine. These 2 varieties were selected as we believed they would be best suited to our local conditions. The decision was also based on the forecasting (guessing) that these 2 varieties would be in favour in 5 years time. When deciding on Merlot I wondered why few growers were selecting this variety. I now know why! 

It is very difficult to grow, extremely temperamental and low yielding. Low yielding was not considered a problem as our modest aim is to yield only 2-3 tonne per acre from the vineyard. Being warm climate we could yield more, however we are aiming for high quality fruit and believe this can best be achieved through yield constraints. This is achieved through cultural practices such as limiting fertilizer application, heavy pruning and controlled watering. During ripening we are particularly careful with water, as we aim to keep berry size to a minimum. Most of the flavour in a grape is found directly under the skin, therefore small berries equal big flavour.

At the same time as the vineyards establishment, David and Lyndall enthusiastically undertook the restoration of 4 railway carriages dating back to the 1890’s. The carriages, from which the vineyard has derived its name, consists of many rare and beautiful timbers and is today the couple’s very unique residence situated alongside the vineyard.

The ‘carriage’ theme has also inspired the wine’s packaging, with a very distinctive train ticket label. The Merlot and Cabernet Merlot varieties are hand labeled with an authentic train ticket label, each carrying its own individual bottle number.

Nestled amongst the vines at The Carriages Vineyard this property offers relaxing, private & peaceful surrounds. The beautifully restored antique rail carriages capture the glory and charm of a bygone era, with all the modern convenience and comforts of today. Spacious yet intimate, the accommodation houses 3 double bedrooms, has a fully self- contained kitchen, a large outdoor decked area, with BBQ facilities. An idealic location catering for all seasons. View our accommodation now.

• Private wine tastings available on the premise
• Our accommodation is not suitable for children or pets

Address: 549 Kotta Rd, Echuca
Phone: 03 5483 7767