Carlei Wines

Sergio Carlei has been making award-winning wines since establishing the boutique Carlei Green Vineyards label in 1994. For Carlei, winemaking was initially a hobby that he shared with his grandfather as the two made wine in their family garage. He then turned his passion into his career, and opened his own boutique winery in the rolling hills of the Yarra Valley. Several years on, Carlei now creates some of the most well- known wines in the country.

The vineyard and winery are located in picturesque Upper Beaconsfield, which is a 40-minute drive from Melbourne. Here, just outside the Yarra Valley in the Cardinia ranges, Carlei grows high-quality pinot noir grapes, which produce some of the best pinot noir in the state. The cellar door immediately transports the visitor back in time, as large wooden foudres confirm the wine is still made the old-fashioned way.

Carlei’s winemaking philosophy is to produce interesting and high-quality wines that are terroir-orientated for the best results. Site selection has always been critical to producing the quality fruit that is used in Carlei Wines’ range.

Being commited to natural and sustainable winemaking practices also ensures that all the vines are grown without fertilisers, pesticides, and herbicides.

Every Sunday, Carlei and his family run an Italian wood-fired pizza restaurant at the cellar door. Their recipe is a family secret recipe from Naples, handed down through generations, so you know the pizza here is one of the best in Melbourne.

Sundays are truly a family affair – tradition as well as passion for good food and wine runs deep in the Carlei family, and this is reflected in every aspect of the Carlei Wines cellar door. Meals from the kitchen range from platters of delicious cured meats and antipasto, to its authentic wood-fired pizzas. every element is perfectly executed, making this winery the perfect place to relax on a Sunday afternoon and indulge in the best Italian cuisine.

Carlei’s commitment and dedication to organic and bio-dynamic farming is evident the moment you walk into the winery. a completely certified winemaker, Carlei is always happy to share his wisdom on organics for the future with visitors. Carlei Wines is a James Halliday 5-star rated winery and is recognised for its exceptional wines.



Tasting Notes

2006 Carlei Estate Tre Rossi

Dark aromas of roasted meats and earth, combined with plums, spice, potpourri, and licorice notes, produce this wonderfully complex and enticing wine. The wine is juicy and savoury with fine ripe tannins, an excellent structure and a balanced acidity. This wine will become more layered, rich and rewarding with at least nine years of cellaring.

2013 Carlei Green Vineyards Shiraz

This elegant shiraz exhibits aromas of intense, ripe red and black fruits, avoiding over-ripe elements. Hints of black pepper spice and savoury notes lead to a palate that complements the aromas. The palate is rich and round with intense chewy fruit that is framed by soft yet persistent fine tannins.

2013 Carlei Green Vineyards Sergio’s Blend Shiraz

Aromas of ripe red berry fruits, dark cherries and a hint of spice are coupled by earthy, savoury notes and a slight ethereal lift. The palate is medium- to full-bodied, with flavours of ripe, juicy, bright red fruits, and a touch of grip from the fine tannins, which results in a great persistence on the finish.

2012 Carlei Estate Nord Shiraz

Deep crimson-purple in colour, this shiraz has aromas of black and red berry fruits and pepper spice. Full-bodied, the concentrated fruit and multi-layered palate bring notes of pepper, licorice, and bitter chocolate into play, backed by rich and ripe tannins that linger. This is a wine that will age beautifully.



  • Getting There: 1 Alber Road,
  • Suburb: Beaconsfield Upper
  • Phone: (03) 5944 4599
  • Fax: (03) 5944 4599
  • Email: [javascript protected email address]
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  • Cellar Door: Open 12:00pm–5:00pm Sunday
  • Restaurant: Italian wood fired pizzas
  • Weddings & Functions: Yes (120 cocktail)
  • Accommodation: No
  • Additional Features: Online orders available via email

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