Since the release of our first vintage, from 2008, Ancre Hill Estates has been recognised with medals in some of the top international wine competitions in the world, including Decanter, IWSC, IWC and winning the Bollicine del Mondo in 2012.
In order to continue our development, plans for the construction of a new winery here on the Estate were approved in 2012 with the winery finished in 2015.
The Ancre Hill Estates Winery is an extension of our philosophy in the vineyard. External inputs are minimal, with the implementation of several sustainable technologies. Natural materials have been used over synthetic ones wherever possible with the walls constructed from straw bales and a living, green roof, providing temperature and humidity regulation. Waste water is treated by a series of ecological pools and plantings which also provide many of the plants used in our tisane treatments for the vineyard.
The style of our wine continues to evolve, with small batch fermentations occurring almost entirely in oak barrels and concrete cuves. Fermentations are solely carried out by wild yeasts and bacteria with the avoidance of filtration and fining for the finished wines wherever possible. Our wines, as with our grapes, are fully DEMETER certified from 2014, adhering to the strictest production criteria. We believe working in this way not only creates better wines qualitatively, but wines of greater integrity and sustainability. The Winery at Ancre Hill allows the full benefits of our experiences growing and making ‘natural’ wines in Burgundy, Roussillon, Champagne and New Zealand to be displayed.