Villa d'Esta Vineyard is a small, family-owned vineyard. The vineyard is located on the mid north coast of NSW, which is about one-hour's drive north of the NSW Hunter Valley winemaking region, and approximately 20 minutes inland (west) of the popular holiday towns of Taree and the twin towns of Forster-Tuncurry. The mid north coast region currently houses 2 wineries, and there are 4 more located in the north-coast winemaking region. Directions and contact details for Villa d'Esta are given on other pages on this website.
Villa d'Esta Vineyard was established in 1997, with both table and wine grapes being planted by family and friends wanting to experiment with winemaking. In the 10 years since then, plantings and production have steadily increased.
At Villa d'Esta, we grow all the grapes that go into producing our wines. 12 acres of grape vines have been planted at Villa d'Esta. Of the 11 acres of wine grape vines, the majority are Chardonnay, Chasselas Doré and Chambourcin grapes. There are also some small plantings of Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz grapes. These plantings started bearing fruit suitable for use in the 2003 vintage.
In addition to wine grapes, just under one acre of vines produces table grapes, of which there are over 32 different varieties. These grapes mature between December and the end of February, and fruit will be made available for sale to the public (if it hasn't all been eaten by family and friends!).
At Villa d'Esta, our winemaking places the emphasis on producing easy-drinking styles, suitable for the table and ready to be enjoyed in the short term. The proprietors, the manager and the winemaker all share a Hungarian heritage and have adopted traditional Hungarian winemaking techniques. Our wines are mostly matured in oak barrels - French and Hungarian oak was mainly used originally, although 2002 saw us begin to use some American oak for the first time.
Villa d'Esta Vineyard opened its cellar doors to the public for the first time in March, 2002. We are currently selling four styles of wine of our 2001 vintage: a Chardonnay varietal, a Chardonnay/Chasselas Doré blend that we call our "Classic White", a Rosé, a Chambourcin varietal and a Chambourcin/Pinot Noir; blend that we call "Cocumbark Ruby". For more information about our wine styles, please visit our "Styles" page.
We look forward to welcoming you to Villa