Formerly known as Chateau Remy, Blue Pyrenees Estate is not just rich in produce but equally rich in history.
Established in 1963 by the French company Remy Martin, the winery was among the first to journey into cool-climate viticulture and has proudly been producing award-winning wines ever since.
Today the estate is managed by Chief Winemaker and CEO, Andrew Koerner, who joined the team in 2004, bringing with him a wealth of experience and expertise cultivated across different wine regions, varieties and styles.
Graduating in 1992 from the renowned Roseworthy campus of the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Oenology, Andrew has been producing wines for more than 20 years. He has been lucky enough to work at a number of well-known wineries across the country, previously as Winemaker and Winery Manager at Rosemount Estate’s Denman Winery in the Hunter Valley, where he worked closely with legendary winemaker, Phillip Shaw.
Under Andrew’s stewardship, the estate-grown wines produced at Blue Pyrenees are arguably the best that they’ve ever been.
The 400-hectare estate is comprised of 150 hectares of vineyards, sitting on the edge of state forest and backed by the Pyrenees mountain range. The mild winters, early spring rains and dry summers (when harvest occurs) give the Pyrenees an advantage over other regions, which are often affected by rain at vintage, consequently leading to risk of fungal disease. These weather patterns make the Pyrenees a grape grower’s paradise.
The unique myriad of slopes and elevations throughout the estate create many different microclimates, which support the production of a full range of premium red, white and methode traditionnelle sparkling wines. In order to produce such a vast variety of wines, and at such high quality, varieties are matched to their most suitable microclimate. This is quite uncommon but what makes Blue Pyrenees stand out as such a distinguished winery.
Make an appointment at the on-site Cellar Door to taste the difference. Here the knowledgeable staff will be happy to talk you through the various drops with tutored tastings and guided tours. Cafe Blue is also open everyday, offering expertly prepared grazing plates, coffee and cake, all showing off the region’s best produce. Just make sure you book – seats are rarely empty!
For flavours of dark fruits and liquorice we suggest you start with the 2013 Section One Shiraz, bright ruby red in colour, it boasts fragrant ripe blueberry fruit aromas matched with subtle notes of herbs, spice and toasty oak. For those who prefer something sparkling, the Midnight Cuvee Chardonnay is a multi-award-winning label, featuring delicate hints of green apple complemented by citrus fruits and hazelnuts, and a crisp and lively palate with flavours of lemon and lime.
The estate’s award-winning drops are well worth trying. Plan a day at Blue Pyrenees and take your time to experience the remarkable complexity of the wines among the long-established vineyards.