Mitchelton to mark 50 years

By David Rak

This month marks 50 years since the first vine plantings at Mitchelton Estate by Melbourne entrepreneur Ross Shelmerdine and wine industry icon Colin Preece in 1969.  

Founded by Mr Shelmerdine in 1967, the duo chose the Mitchelton site – an old grazing property – for its climate, soil and proximity to the Goulburn River.

In celebration of the milestone, Mitchelton has a weekend of wine immersion planned for August 24 and 25.

The festivities include daily masterclasses in Australia’s largest operating underground cellar with chief winemaker Andrew Santarossa, followed by lunch or dinner in the iconic Ashton Tower matched with award-winning wines from the Mitchelton portfolio.

In the masterclasses, Mr Santarossa will recount Mitchelton’s early beginnings and the stories behind developing each of Mitchelton’s signature wine styles during the 90-minute tasting.

Following the masterclass, the experience will move to Ashton Tower for a feast of local produce carefully curated by executive chef Dan Hawkins, matched with wines from across the Mitchelton portfolio.   

“?Our wines are the heart and soul of what we do at Mitchelton and wines are central to bringing people together,” Mitchelton managing director Andrew Ryan said.

“To see people enjoying our wines in social settings at the estate brings a great sense of pride.

“These first plantings have set the foundations for Mitchelton’s long-standing commitment to Victorian wine making, and today we remain committed to producing award-winning wines of exceptional regional and varietal character.”

Tickets to the festivities are strictly limited, but are available at by searching “Mitchelton”.

Tailored accommodation packages are also available. For accommodation bookings, email [email protected] or phone 5736 2288.