Mintaro Wines focusses on one thing and one thing only: seriously good wine. It’s the first ever winery in the heritage village of Mintaro, and it has been producing award-winning drops since Labour Day of 1985 when the Cellar Door opened to the public.
This boutique winery produces between two and three thousand dozen-bottles a year. The winery vineyard is terra rossa over slate, the vines are hand pruned, and the fruit is dry grown and handpicked in the traditional method.
The premium wines are bottled under the Drinking Fish label and the best of reds under the various Series labels. Mintaro is not only dedicated to producing the beautiful wine, but it also selects creative labels that complement and showcase each series.
Series One, Mintaro’s Reserve Shiraz Belles Femmes et Grand Vin, boasts labels depicting grand 19th century paintings of beautiful women. The chocolate filled palate of this series shines with coffee, marzipan, eucalyptus and licourice in an earthy, charcoal wrapper.
Series Two is The Leckie Window Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, and has a palate of tarred raspberries sprinkled with roasted spices and vanilla, which is nestled on a bed of roses. These labels feature stunning imagery of Mervyn Napier Waller’s stained glass and lead light images.
Series Three, the latest release shiraz, features creative Australian labels by prominent flying doctor bush artist, Howard William Steer, in collaboration with Peter J Nicholson. The inclusion of such attention to detail both within and outside the bottle has earned Mintaro a well deserved reputation for award-winning wines.
Over the years, Mintaro Wines has won more than 150 wine show awards. Arguably the most awarded wine is the 2002 ‘Leckie Window’ Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, having won gold, silver and numerous bronzes since it was first shown in 2005. It showcases tarred raspberries sprinkled with roasted spices and vanilla, and pairs perfectly with braised and spiced meats. Mintaro Wines was also awarded five stars by James Halliday in 2008 and was placed in the “Best Wineries of the Region” list.
Mintaro Wines supports small growers and local businesses, and is proud to promote the heritage of the local town. Mintaro is a rare example of an early colonial town, and its historical significance is matched by its picturesque setting in a valley of wheat fields and vineyards.
The Cellar Door at Mintaro Wines is open daily. While you’re visiting, be sure to swing past nearby Martindale Hall – an historic Georgian style mansion built in 1879, now famous as the girls’ school from the great Australian film ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ by Peter Weir.