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Winemaking History

I bought Riversdale Estate, located on the Pittwater waterfront, in 1980 whilst I was a University student. I always believed from 1991 when vines were first planted that time would prove Riversdale Estate to be a premium location. Great global locations often only have a small footprint which do not extend far due to the microclimate. After returning to Riversdale Estate in the early 1990s, we started to expand the vineyard from 2000 and now have 24 hectares of grapes. An expansion of 13.5 hectares is currently being completed.

Riversdale Estate is now the largest Tasmanian-owned vineyard in Southern Tasmania. We became tired of our excellent quality grapes winning medals for wines made by our grape buyers (and us not being recognised) so we launched our Riversdale Estate label in 2008 exclusively through NZ Wine Society and immediately began enjoying success with our wines. We look forward to continuing to produce medal winning cool-climate wines.

Ian’s favourite wine moment

Winning a third consecutive Trophy for the Crater Chardonnay 2011.

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Ian’s winemaking philosophy


Have a premium location for a vineyard.


Grow premium grapes consistently.


Employ premium winemaking techniques.

Winery Background

Riversdale Estate lies in a rain shadow and its temperature is moderated by the warming influence of Pittwater, which makes it a unique site for premium wine production. On the boundary of the property,Mount Pleasant Radio Observatory is run by the Physics Department of the University of Tasmania. The wave patterns featured on the labels of every Riversdale wine come from the radio frequencies of the constellations – Milky Way, Centaurus, Crux, etc. Because the site lies in a rain shadow, the region experiences clear skies and some of the longest daylight hours of any vineyard in Australia.


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