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September /October 2023

New Release

The release of the ‘22 vintage wines marks our 34th release!
Amazing…and to think that this season the oldest vines are heading into their 39 th growing season.

In one word the ‘22 vintage could well and truly be consigned into the “cool” years.
Some would say extremely cool …back to early ‘90s vintage conditions.
In all the years no two have ever been the same but the cooler ones are always the most challenging!

All the wines are showing (surprise, surprise) the mark of the season as they should!
Taut, mineral and nerve acidity but abundant expressive fine fruit intensity to the fore.

Our Wines

August / September 2022

New Release

Aug 22: 2021 Cobaw Ridge il pinko Syrah Rose : 2021 Cobaw Ridge l'altra Syrah Pinot: 2021 Cobaw Ridge Pinot Noir /Mid - Sept 22 : 2021 Cobaw Ridge Chardonnay

Our Wines

February 3. 2022

2019 Cobaw Ridge Chardonnay

Reveiw : Rated : 98 points   Nick Stock JAMESSUCKLING.COM

"This sits in a sweet spot of complexity with a reductive edge and a pithy grapfruit edge. Sliced lime and peach, too. The complexity is wraped in so deep here.The Palate has such intensity with glimmering acidity and sleek, long-driven freshness. Such purity here with really concentrated fruit. Acidity is salient."

"One of Australia's great chardonnays has arrived."

Drink or hold


YOUNG GUN OF WINE - 2021 Vineyard of the Year Awards Top 50
Cobaw Ridge, Macedon Ranges
Alan Cooper
Cobaw Ridge, Macedon Ranges - Young Gun of Wine


December 3. 2021 JAMESSUCKLING.COM


GTWine : April 2021

Australia's Best Cellar Doors : Best Tasting Experience

GTWine : April 2020

Australia's Best Cellar Doors : Star Cellar door


2019 Cobaw Ridge Chardonnay Rated : 97 points   Mike Bennie Winefront


2018 Cobaw Ridge Chardonnay Rated : 97 points

 TWF Chardonnay 2020. The Year in Reveiw .


May 2019

2016 Cobaw Ridge Chardonnay Macedon Ranges

in Max Allen Top Drops column in the May 2019 issue of Gourmet Traveller magazine.

June 2017

Attitude at Altitude Exploring Australias Cool Climates.
Emma Symington MW

"Cobaw Ridge Syrah 2012, Macedon Ranges – planted at 610m
I was really taken by this cool climate Syrah. Fragrant yet savoury in
style with pepper and earthy characters along with a herbaceous
 undertone. Firm but fine tannin and taut acidity make this quite
 a serious style of Syrah that really shows its cool climate origin.

May 2017

Australia’s cool climate, cool climbing wines
Sarah Ahmed : The Wine Detective UK

Cobaw Ridge Syrah 2012 ( Macedon Ranges, Victoria.)
"Last but by no means least (this was one of the stars of the show),
our southernmost wine came from Macedon Ranges.  Altitude
 (this wine from 600m) and latitude make it the coolest region on
 the Australian mainland."

Also...Read the great feedback from the
‘Australia's cool climate altitude with attitude wines’
Wine Australia Seminar: 5 May in London Led by Sarah Ahmed

Sherry Weng, Managing Director of AOW, said:

“It was like a journey through Australia, with many surprises, and the quality of wines from cooler climates in Australia stood out. I was impressed by the Cobaw Ridge Syrah and that Saperavi can perform so well in Australia.”

April 2017

2016 Cobaw Ridge il pinko Rose selectet as one of... in DRINKS
The hottest wine Natural wine 101
By Max Allen : April Gourmet Traveller

March 2017

Gourmet Traveller WINE July - 2017 April - May

Best Cellar Doors : Best Tasting Expierence

February 2017:

Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration - 10 & 11 February : Working with Pinot : Sommeliers

One of 6 panelist, Loic Avril (Head Sommelier at Dinner By Heston), selected our 2014 Cobaw Ridge Pinot Noir : to showcase as part of 'Working with Pinot'!

Cobaw Ridge - Image Gallery 2016

October 2016 : Spring Release

2014 Cobaw Ridge Chardonnay : 2016 Cobaw Ridge il pinko Rose`: 2014 Cobaw Ridge Pinot Noir

July 2016

2012 Cobaw Ridge Syrah:" in my top drops Column in the July 2016 issue of Gourmet Traveller Magazine. "Max Allen Wine Editor - Australian Gourmet Traveller

2012 Cobaw Ridge Syrah : As "recommend" by Jancis Robinson during the "Australia - The Wild Ones" tasting. From a feature tasting in Gourmet Traveller Wine " pure blackberry fruit is a highlight and lingers on the finish"

May 2016

2014 Cobaw Ridge Chardonnay :94/100 Mike Bennie : The Wine Front

2014 Cobaw Ridge Pinot Noir : 94/100 Mike Bennie : The Wine Front

December 2015

In the Macedon Ranges : Jamie Goode's Wine Blog 19/12/2015

The Australian Wine Annual 2016: Jeremy Oliver :

2013 Cobaw Ridge Lagrein 95/100 : In the Jeremy Oliver's Top 100 also in The Top Tree Wines from New or Alternative Varieties.

October 2015 The Australian : Max Allen 24/10/2015

September 2015

* New Release : 2014 Cobaw Ridge Syrah 'Sans Soufre'

July 2015

Jeremy Oliver (@Jeremy_Oliver) 18/07/2015 19:21 : Twitter
"Just opened Cobaw Ridge's 2013 Lagrein. Wow! This piercing, savoury red is quite brilliant."

March 2015

* 2013 Cobaw Ridge Chardonnay : THE WINE FRONT posted by Mike Bennie  :

We have the pleasure of announcing Melbourne & Sydney Distribution Distribution Contacts

January 2015

The Australian Wine Annual 2015 by Jeremy Oliver . Review / 2010 Lagrein - 95/100

Read the wonderful story Empty Memories by Angela Lloyd and descovering our Lagrein.

October 2014

We are honored to be selected by the Farmer’s Union of South Tyrol as one of the families for the planned photo exposition with the title “Agricultural families in the world”, held in Bolzano/Bozen October 2014
The exhibition shows 15 families in different parts of the world (Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa, Australia) which have been realized on the occasion of the “International Year of Family farming” of the UN. 

 “Our association has been participating at the UN-declared “International Year of Family Farming 2014”-campaign since the beginning of this year, organizing different events and projects, trying to sensibilize the population for the essential contribution smallholder farmers give to society. The photo exposition will be giving an overview about the variety of farming. These panels will be loaned to our local farmer groups, schools, educational. institutions etc.”

Dr. Gerold Pichler
South Tyrolean Farmers' Federation
Association Management
Project "International Year of family farms 2014"

Gourmet Traveller WINE April- May 2014

Gourmet Traveller WINE April - May 2014

Gourmet Traveller WINE Feb- Mar 2014 : Read about : MACEDON MAGIC!

THE WINE FRONT posted by Mike Bennie
Jan 2014.

Executing Organic Aspirations - Cobaw Ridge, Victoria by Daniel Honan

THE WINE FRONT posted by Mike Bennie
Oct. 2013.
Sep. 2013.

Grape varieties - LAGREIN with Julia Harding MW - Decanter August 2013_

Cobaw Ridge JH. 2014JH. 2014JH. 2014JH. 2014JH. 2014 Rating : James Halliday Wine Companion 2014

Attended the RAW The Artisan Wine Fair London, 19 - 20 May 2013

Wines with earthy quality - Max Allen. The Autstralian Feb 09 2013

2008 Cobaw Ridge Syrah : James Halliday Wine Companion 2012 94/100

Cobaw Ridge Lagrein

2008 Cobaw Ridge Lagrein : Listed in the “Best of Other Reds 2013.” James Halliday Wine Companion 2013 ...94/100

The Age Epicure Wine of the week - Ralph Kyte - Powell- 2008 Cobaw Ridge Lagrein

Grapegrower and Winemaker May 2012- Favourite Five Denis Gastin Jenni Port

Andrew Jefford - Decanter. April 2012 What I've been drinking this month- 10 Pinot

The best of both chardys - Max Allen WEEKEND APLUS April 2012

The Green Gauge - Gourmet Traveller April2012

WINE Philip White Lagrein 2008 Friday 30 March 2012

The latest & 5th Australian Member to join Return to Terroir: Feb 2012

Take it as red The Australian - James Halliday 12/11/2011. The next step was taken by Alan and Nelly Cooper of Cobaw Ridge, who - with the aid of Peter May - top grafted 300 cabernet sauvignon with lagrein in 1994, ...

Remington Norman: October 27,2011: Here are my notes on the 3 wines you sent.

Supporting act gets the gong by :  Max Allen Weekend Australian : October 22, 2011

The wines of Cobaw Ridge, Macedon Ranges, Australia top wines from Australia's Macedon Ranges (29/09/11) These are brilliant wines, with real personality. My favourite is probably the remarkable Lagrein, but they’re all really good. These are the sorts of wines that Australia should be making more of. Jamie Goode is a UK-based wine journalist, book author and prolific blogger.

A short film of me tasting three interesting Chardonnays, two from Australia and one from South Africa. Video : tasting three rather interesting Chardonnays 17 Aug 2011 by Jamie Goode ( London ) jamie goode's wine blog wine journalist, book author and flavour obsessive.

Jamie Goode 14 Aug via web
Cobaw Ridge Syrah 2007 from Australia's Macedon Ranges (Victoria) - brilliant, fresh, peppery, alive - just gorgeous. A+ Wine Australia : Wine Region/Macedon Ranges/Cobaw Ridge

Patiently it waits | Macedon Ranges
The Macedon Ranges are hiding a delicious secret, writes Jane Faulkner, in
The Age. Epicure. 21 st June 2011.

Off an unsealed dirt road flanking the majestic Cobaw State Forest,
just out of Kyneton, is an entrance to a natural amphitheatre surrounded by rows of vines and now-full dams. It's a special place and home to Cobaw Ridge, which makes Australia's finest lagrein. Owner-growers Alan and Nelly Cooper also produce excellent chardonnay, syrah and pinot noir but for more than a decade they have been championing this rare red.

INDAILY : PHILIP WHITE =page0000006#folio=006
Friday, October 08, 2010: Wine

Cobaw Ridge Macedon Ranges Lagrein 2006
$40; 13% alcohol; Diam cork; 92+++ points
The Tyrolean Lagrein makes unusually complex, spice-and-velvet reds that offer smoochy character and depth at lower alcohols.  Alan Cooper was the first Australian to get onto it.  He has two Cobaw vintages available: this, and a slightly more genteel 05 (93+).  The wines have a vivid dark cherry nuttiness about them, in a palate that reminds me a little of the best Durif.  Typical of the northern Italian reds, the tannins seems otherworldly: where conventional Aussie reds have tannins in their foundations, these seem to float like clouds at different altitudes above the palate, like in grand Barolo. Tantalising and brooding.

Review of the Cobaw Ridge 05 Shiraz/Viognier 06 Syrah: By Sarah Ahmed 20/08/2010 All the colours of the rainbow: Cobaw Ridge Lagrein, an Aussie ...

Sarah Ahmed : The Wine Detective (Wine writer & educator) Portuguese Annual Wine Awards Wine Writer of the Year 2009 : Shortlisted International Wine & Spirit Competition Communicator of the Year 2009 & 2010

Sarah was also chosen by Wine Australia to attend  Landmark Tutorials in the Yarra Valley September 2010.An Interesting site to view


NASAA Reg No. 3678As of the 26th June 2009 Cobaw Ridge is 'Certified Organic' by the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA Registration No.3678).
Certification provides verification to the consumer that the grapes are grown using a sustainable organic agricultural system and that the wine is not contaminated or mixed with undesirable additives during processing.
NASAA is accredited by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) ensuring that their organic products meet the highest approval standards worldwide. For further information


We feel these practices will further our holistic, sustainable, and above all natural approach to grape growing and winemaking, and provide an even greater opportunity for the wines to speak of the land which bore them.

Certified Biodynamic NASAA 2011.

Winery Loft August 2008

June 2009 : 06 Cobaw Ridge Lagrein chosen for the Landmark Tutorials For more information go to Wine Australia   Tutorial Wine List

2009  Landmark Australia | Dr Vino's ...

2006 Cobaw Ridge Lagrein. Deep purple colour; soft fruit based aromas which follow through onto the palate. Good structure and length. Again, strongly recalls Mourvedre with its earthy tannicity. Plenty of interest and some complexity. Lovely!
Remington Norman MW

GOLD : 2006 Cobaw Ridge Lagrein: Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show: 2007

2006 Cobaw Ridge Shiraz Viognier. Deep sombre colour; good fresh, noticeably white pepper nose with savoury undertones which continue onto the palate; medium weight, quite long and elegant. Attractive, stylish wine but would benefit from a bit more stuffing and mid-palate concentration. Remington Norman MW              

2007 Cobaw Ridge Chardonnay GOLD Medallist in the Macedon Ranges Wine Exhibition October 2008


James Halliday's Wine Atlas of Australia.

"Cobaw Ridge signature wine, Lagrein... the spicy and aromatic Shiraz Viognier and Chardonnay are also of high quality."

GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE October/ November 2007 : Ken Gargett

"The wines are exemplary. Only Tiny quantities of an excellent Pinot Noir are made. Given the quality of what they do make, it is hoped they persist. The Shiraz Viognier was the first made from the 1996 vintage, making it one of the earlier releases in Australia of this style. What attracts much interest is the Lagrein, a grape from north- east Italy but which makes a much fuller, richer wine in Australia, one which rewards cellaring.


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Cobaw Ridge Cellar Door

"A cuter vineyard and winery you will not find anywhere in Australia. Moreover, it was the first vineyard in Australia to plant commercial quantities of Italian cultivar Lagrein. Never heard of it? Then go and taste it for yourself alongside a juicy, peppery shiraz and refined chardonnay. "


Upcoming Events:



2022 "Celebrating 33 years of Budburst!"

"at the cellar door"
Saturday19th and Sunday 20th November 2022
..... 10 am to 5 pm Daily

Budburst 2021 the annual
Macedon Ranges Wine Festival,
which bursts into life to honour the beginning of a
new grape growing season. A time to sample the
excellence of the region's local wines ...and food.
Cobaw Ridge has been part of the annual festival
since the first open wineries weekend in
October 1991.

Share our passion!

Celebrate Budburst on the sunny warmer northern
slopes of the Macedon Ranges in some of the most
picturesque surrounds. Certified Organic/Biodynamic.
Our commitment to sustainable and natural production
ensures these are truly unique wines of place and
time; singular and full of vitality and character.

Over the weekend taste our new releases...
Chardonnay,il pink Syrah Rose, l'altra Syrah Pinot

Food: Saturday: Cheese Platters
Sunday: Pietro Barbagallo
of KAPRICA. Carlton
Fires up our oven to create traditional home style pizza!

Entertainment: Sunday:


Playing traditional anD popular folk music!

We accomodate small to medium bus groups
( with prior notice appreciated ) < to book you ticket


To be notified prior, please use our contact form to join our email list. back to top of page.

Budburst at the Cobaw Ridge cellar door

Premium wine of the Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia
100% Estate grown, made and bottled
31 Perc Boyers Lane. East Pastoria, Via Kyneton. Vic. 3444. Australia . Tel. (03) 5423 5227
Cellar Door Open : Saturday - Sunday : 12 to 5:00 pm

Liquor Licence No. 32800587