The key to the wines at Rowanston begins in the vineyard with hand pruning, monitoring moisture, minimal to zero use of chemicals, and diligent selection of ripe, rich berries for wine making.
The first plantings at Rowanston occurred in 1995. The heavy red soil (terra rossa) holds moisture, and the volcanic outcrops develop white peppery characteristics in the red wines. The cool nights and slow ripening period produce rich, full fruit flavours.
All wines are hand picked and are made using traditional techniques such as gentle crushing, open vat fermentation and basket pressing, followed by maturing in oak barrels.
John and Marily Frederiksen's Glenhope vineyard and winery, called "Rowanston on the Track", is on the border of two wine regions - Heathcote and Macedon Ranges.
Rowanston's Farm House Bed and Breakfast is situated in the gardens, right next to the vineyard. The Farm House has three bedrooms, a lounge and a fully equipped kitchen.
Facilities in the house include: A queen size bed in bedroom 1 and bedroom 2 2 king size single beds in the 3rd bedroom Fully equipped electric kitchen
Outdoor barbecue facilities
Undercover car parking
Digital TV, DVD player, electric blankets and air conditioning
Your stay at Rowanston Bed and Breakfast will include:
A complementary bottle of Rowanston Wine
A tour of the winery
Free tastings of all the current wines
Goodies to make your own breakfast, including farm fresh eggs
Access to the 800 acre property - including 200 acres of bush to walk in
Price for accomodation - $220.00 for the house, per night.
The usual minimum stay is two nights but other arrangements can be made. Pets by arrangement.
Plan a Week or Weekend Away
The Rowanston Vineyard and Winery and Bed and Breakfast are situated on the edge of the Macedon Ranges and the Heathcote wine regions. When you head to Rowanston on the Track, you can make a real holiday of it.
You could travel south to Mount Macedon and Hanging Rock, or you could visit the food delights of Piper Street, Kyneton. Head north and travel to Heathcote, Lake Eppalock and Bendigo.
Local Pubs have great meals. Try The Albion in Kyneton for great meals. Piper Street in Kyneton is famous for its cafes with great food, including special food created at the Piper St Food Company.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club sent out a call Australia wide to select a special wine as their Anniversary Wine for 2013.
Rowanston was chosen out of a world wide selection of wine. After a long elimination process across Australia, Rowanston's 2010 Shiraz was chosen.
Rowanston delivered 500 dozen 2010 Shiraz bottles, in both classic Burgundy and Magnum bottles to the Hong Kong Jockey Club. The Hong Kong Jockey Club is the biggest Jockey Club in the world. They have an annual turnover of billions of dollars. They have an extensive wine list of wines around the world. The 20th Birthday Rowanston 2010 Shiraz will be sold in their bottle shops and restaurants across Asia.
As well as being a winery, and providing great food, and having a bed and breakfast farm cottage, Rowanston hosts an annual "Shakespeare in the Vines" production with the Essential Theatre Company - Essential Theatre specialises in vineyard performances.
The garden setting at Rowanston is beautiful and the weather has been good three years in a row. Rowanston hosted "Shakespeare in the Vineyards" in January 2016, for a production of Romeo and Juliet.
Most of the eight performers play multiple roles and manage rapid costume changes behind trees. They have no scenery, minimal props, no sound amplification, no special effects, yet there is no problem in following the story line. If you ever get a chance to see Essential Theatre perform, you will see a great display of fine actors demonstrating their craft.
The performance ends as the sun sets. Marilyn and John and their team provide a tasty selection of local food in a "tuckerbag" as part of the ticket price.
Sweet Cheeks Down Under
Rowanston recently entered into a partnership with an American company in Oregon, selling Rowanston wines under a "Sweet Cheeks Down Under" label.
John says that many customers know what type of wine they like and they will seek it out, regardless of which wine region it comes from. John says visitors need to be encouraged to come to Central Victoria to explore all its wine regions.
John and Marilyn feel that it's important to give their customers a pleasurable wine experience, and it's also important to discourage excessive consumption. A visit to a winery should be about seeking education about wines, tasting new varieties and developing your palate. Wine tasting should be about enjoyment and education, not about intoxication.
John and Marilyn say they have had few problems at the cellar door. They always supply food to go with the wine.