About Us

About Us

We want you to take the best part of the Pyrenees with you. A memory, an understanding, a bottle of wine, anything that tells the story of a place different to anything you’ve experienced. It is this unique approach to our vineyard and winemaking that reminds us, it’s the simple things that give the most.

From certified organic farming and wine-making practices, to our onsite Eco-Luxe environmentally friendly accommodation, we hope you can experience what the land has on offer, naturally. 

Oraganic

Our History

Almost 50 years young, Mount Avoca began with the dream of a Melbourne stock-broker who wanted a tree change 30 years before the term had been coined.

The estate is located just outside the town of Avoca. This historic quaint town was a pioneer in the Gold Rush era, shaping early Victoria in the 1850s and confirming its importance as an idyllic location for mining and agriculture.

It was a passion for the Barry family to break from the busyness of the big smoke and after considerable research, the property off Moates Lane was purchased and the first vines were planted (Trebbiano, Shiraz and Semillion) in 1970.  

Over the next 25 years the vineyard delved deep into the commercial world of Victorian wine. Initially seeking co-operation from neighbouring vineyards such as Chateau Remy (now Blue Pyrenees) and Seppelts, Mount Avoca has since grown to over 60 acres of diverse varietals including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, all producing award winning wines. The vines are also accompanied by an olive grove of 1000 trees.

Currently owned and operating under it’s 3rd generation owners, Lisa and Matthew Barry, the couple and their family have introduced an environmental ethos and practice to winemaking, awarding them an Australian Organic Classification. With the inception of three EcoLuxe environmentally aware, boutique lodges in 2009, the Barry’s continue to provide premium quality produce and service to tourists and the community of Avoca.

Our People



Matthew Barry - Owner/Winemaker

Led by second generation owner-winemaker, Matthew Barry, the wine making team at Mount Avoca has elevated the wine quality and recaptured the magic that made Mount Avoca one of the best and certainly the most innovative winery in the region.
Implementing this strategy included the long journey to full organic certification and has resulted in medals and reviews consistently at the highest possible levels and a red 5 star Halliday rating. 

The Region

The Pyrenees Wine Region is one of Australia's finest wine regions. The Region Often underrated, the wines are intensely flavoured and carry the hallmarks of individuality and character.

The wineries are understated, small and publicity shy, possibly a reason for the region flying under the radar for almost 50 years.  Arguably one of Victoria's best kept secrets, the natural beauty of the region is only surpassed by it's incredible wines.

Mount Avoca is perfectly located at the crossroads of Central Victoria. Ballarat, Daylesford, Castlemaine, Ararat and St Arnaud, all lie less than an hour’s drive away.

 

James Halliday Five Star Rating