Tahbilk Winery & Wetlands

Tahbilk Winery Established in 1860, is a historic winery with National Trust Certification. It is located 120km north of Melbourne in the Nagambie Lakes wine region, in a sub-region of the Goulburn Valley Wine Region. Significantly, Tahbilk is the oldest, family-owned winery and vineyard in Victoria. While other Victorian wineries can claim to be older, such as Gehrig Estate and Morris wines in Rutherglen, founded in 1858, Tahbilk has the longest, continuous family ownership. It is home to 5 generations of the Purbrick family.

Heritage Cellars
heritage cellars at Tahbilk Winery
The 1860 cellars

The original cellars were built in the 1860s and 1870s and are still in use today. They are also are part of the National Trust of Australia certification. By 1876 Tahbilk was producing 31,500 litres of wine a year and winning both national and international awards. It was also reported in The Argus that Queen Victoria had placed a wine order.

1860s cellars at Tahbilk Winery
Tahbilk heritage-listed cellars

Originally the local indigenous named the area tabilk tabilk, meaning the place of many waterholes. However, with the construction of Goulburn Weir in 1889, this, turned the Goulburn River from the high flows of winter and dried up billabongs in summer, to a permanently flowing summer river.

barrel reflections Tahbilk Winery

Tahbilk is home to some 200 hectares of vineyards specialising in grape varietals from the Rhone including whites varietals: Marsanne, Viognier and Roussanne and red varietals Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre. Also growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Verdelho grapes.

Tahbilk Winery

In 2021 Tahbilk opened the indigenous Flora Trail Walk – an extension of the Tahbilk Wetlands and Wildlife Walk. Along the 6km trail are bird hides, bridges, boardwalks, flora and fauna. Definitely worth a walk on a nice day

tahbilk wetlands
Tahbilk Wetlands
Tahbilk Winery is at 254 O’Neils Road Tahbilk.
  • Cellar Door & Eco Trails Weekdays 9am-5pm and weekends 10am-5pm
  • Cafe 10-4 – (closed Tues and Wed)

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