Chateau Dore

Chateau Dore’s rich history scales the branches of a family tree from Bendigo all the way back to 19th century France. The picturesque winery was founded in 1866 by Theodore De Ravin, the son of a French noble who escaped the guillotine. Ivan Grose, a fourth generation decendent of De Ravin, grew up on Chateau Dore, saving it from ruin when he began managing the winery in the early 1970s.

Chateau Dore’s current incarnation is a boutique winery that specialises in shiraz. It is local legend that grapes produced on the property were used in a vintage in the 1890s that found its way to France, taking out the award for Finest Shiraz at the Paris Wine Exhibition.

The winery is nestled next to the original 151-year-old homestead and boasts uninterrupted views of the area to take in a central yet elevated position in the valley.


The whole area is dotted with stone dwellings that stand as a reminder of the important agricultural production that took place there five generations ago. Once a thriving centre for agriculture the site was host to a tannery, market garden, fruit trees and livestock fattening. The produce from the area sustained Bendigo during the gold rush, and in return received the highest pay for its produce.

Chateau Dore can accommodate all types of functions including birthday parties, christenings, Christmas and end of financial year celebrations, as well as private dinners. Functions can be catered for in cocktail, formal dinner, carvery and gourmet barbecue styles. The stunning location also makes for a romantic place to celebrate weddings. Unfortunately Chateau Dore’s cellar door is closed for private functions most weekends, appointments are essential to avoid disappointment.

Visit Chateau Dore to indulge in fine wine and absorb a portion of Bendigo’s history.

Tasting Notes



2008 Chateau Dore Shiraz

Purple crimson colour, lifted aromatic nose with plum jam, cassis and a hint of cedar. The palate shows good acid and fine grain tannins. It has good length and persistence on the finish with evidence of high quality French oak. Cellar for three to five years.


2009 Chateau Dore Shiraz

Deep purple colour. Intense ripe fruit aromas on the nose with smoky, spicy oak overtones. Intense blackcurrant, cassis and cherry flavours supported by good acid and fine grain tannins. This has excellent length and persistence, and finishes with a display of tannin and oak. Cellar for six to eight years.




  • Getting There: 303 Mandurang Road,
  • Suburb: Mandurang
  • Phone: (03) 5439 5278
  • Mobile: 0416 328 783
  • Email: [javascript protected email address]
  • Website:
  • Cellar Door: By appointment only
  • Restaurant: No
  • Weddings & Functions: Yes (Max 150–200 seated 250 cocktail)
  • Accommodation: No
  • Additional Features: Original sandstone winery used for weddings, conferences and functions

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