Yering Farm Wines
Yering Farm Wines was officially established with the planting of the first vine in 1989. However the first vineyard on this site was ‘Yeringa Vineyards’ settled by the Deschamps family in the 1800’s. They were an important founding French/Swiss family of vignerons who established substantial cellars and succeeded as viticulturists and winemakers in the Yarra Valley.
For Alan Johns, it was clear from the beginning that he wanted to incorporate the past and the lands rich history - merging both historic and modern perspectives to inject new life into the resurgence of the Yarra Valley and its footprint in the wine world.
He then took cuttings from Cabernet vines that were sourced from the clone acclaimed from the property's forefather, Joseph Deschamps. Alan grew all the cuttings by hand using his years of orcharding to cultivate a nursery before slowly planning and planting out the vineyard with varieties such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
This led Yering Farm to grow and produce small parcels of fruit to a 30-acre vineyard. A shed with a few tanks and a lot more apples, to be able to produce not only his own wine, but others from around the Valley as well.
Emphasis at this small estate takes inspiration from Burgundy, with Chardonnay and Pinot taking centre stage. The wines have a personality as do the quirky wine labels in the range, including Run Rabbit Run Chardonnay, Duck Down Under Pinot and The Foxtrot Cabernet.
The original 'Yeringa' sign was recovered and adorns the entrance. Pull up a stool or lean on the worn wooden bar as you are treated to a presentation of boutique wines, all grown and made on site. This is where day trippers will want to spend time and feel at ease. The experience exudes the kind of charm that keeps you chatting and exploring wines.
Stay and picnic on the large lawn overlooking the vines and the Valley beyond, have a glass of wine in front of the fire in the winter months, or sit on the verandah and just take in the majestic views whilst savouring a Pruners Platter. Yering Farm also hosts select functions and weddings at the cellar door.
The Johns Family are a long line of orchardists and farmers. Humble beginnings and long days meant that Alan Johns earned his trade digging, planting, picking and selling fruit learning the techniques and gaining the knowledge it takes to run an orchard business alongside his father and brother.
This training may have seemed trivial at the time but is pivotal in understanding the ethos of Alan Johns and the beginning of Yering Farm Wines.
To drink Yering Farm Wines today you will find an unwavering consistency. Forged through the trials and tribulations of dedicating a lifetime to the art of farming and viticulture to compose that vintage drop with the upmost respect.
Alan Johns has picked up numerous awards and excellent reviews with his playful yet succinct and refined approach.
Open 7 days 10am - 5pm