Bress, Wine, Cider & Produce

Bress Wine, Cider & Produce is more than just a winery: it’s a living farm. This multifaceted agribusiness focuses not only on winemaking but crafting cider and growing their own produce for their restaurant and cellar door using biodynamic and sustainable farming practices.

Bress Wine, Cider & Produce is a consistent James Halliday five red star rated winery, the highest rating a winery can receive, and the kitchen has been reviewed by the Age Good Food Guide for the past three years running.

The picturesque property is situated in Central Victoria’s Harcourt Valley which is less than 80 minutes from Melbourne and nine kilometres from the delightful township of Castlemaine. There are spectacular views from the cellar door to the granite outcrops of Mount Alexander and the surrounding foothills.

Winemaker and proprietor Adam Marks and wife Lynne Jensen acquired the 66 acre property in 2004 and have since breathed new life into it, completely revitalising the farm. Currently planted to 18 acres of 25-year-old vines, the property’s main varieties are riesling, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and shiraz. The original cider apple and perry pear orchard has been extended and is considered to be the largest cider apple orchard in Australia. The extensive vegetable gardens supply their kitchen with an array of heirloom produce.

Inspired by the famous chickens of Bresse in France, Bress Wine, Cider & Produce has a marvellous hen house called the Henndorf Hilton which is home to white Leghorn chickens and guinea fowl. The cricket pitch is a hit with visitors and is home to the now very colourful Australia Day Winemakers versus Micro Brewers cricket match.

The cellar door is relaxed yet informative and opens up to the winery which is a must see for those who want to know more about the winemaking process. Their wine range is extensive, with wine styles ranging from sparkling to dessert. Adam’s winemaking belief is that one winemaking region cannot be all things to all grape varieties.

Accordingly chardonnay and pinot noir are sourced from the Macedon Ranges, Australia’s coolest mainland grape growing region and Heathcote provides shiraz, grenache, tempranillo and viognier. Their ciders are made using traditional methode champenoise bottle fermentation and are widely considered to be some of the best examples of cider made in Australia.

So when visiting Bress Wine, Cider & Produce there is plenty to see and do and they pride themselves on being children and dog friendly.

Tasting Notes


2009 Bress Le Grand Coq Noir

This wine is an intense and vibrant pungent crimson, almost ink blue colour. It has a complex array of fruit aromas including black fruit, spice, cloves and tapenade. Full of black fruit, spice, cloves and black olive, thetannins are grainy but not green and the oak characters are beautifully integrated into the wine, giving the wine structure and adding power, balance and savoury richness.




2011 Bress Harcourt Valley Riesling O.D.

A pale golden straw colour, the wines offer a complex array of fruit aromas including citrus, spice and green skinned fruit. A deliberately sweeterstyle riesling, it has marmalade, cinnamon spice and green skinned fruit flavours. There is a textural midpalate richness evident in the wine, the finish is unctuous, well-rounded and has a lovely acid balance which ensures the wine is not cloying.




Bress Harcourt Valley Cider

A vibrant and pristine medium golden straw with green tinges and a slight cloudiness, the cider offers aromas of freshly cut apples, green skinned fruits and bread-like yeastiness. The palate has a creaminess and fullness which presents a range of flavours, making this cider quite complex.




2010 Bress Harcourt Valley Rosé Cabernet

Pale salmon in colour, the wine offers a complex array of fruit aromas including strawberries, spice green and red skinned fruits. The wine is deliberately a dry-style rosé, it has flavours of strawberry cream lollies, cinnamon spice and greened-skinned fruits, with a textural and savoury mid-palate richness. The finish is unctuous, well rounded with an acid balance, giving the wine good length.



  • Getting There: 3894 Old Calder Highway,
  • Suburb: Harcourt
  • Phone: (03) 5474 2262
  • Fax: (03) 5474 2553
  • Mobile: 0409 566 773
  • Email: [javascript protected email address]
  • Website:
  • Cellar Door: Open 11:00am–5:00pm on weekends and public holidays
  • Restaurant: Restaurant Yes. Mediterranean-inspired
  • Weddings & Functions: Weddings & Functions Yes (Max 150 seated and 300 cocktail)
  • Accommodation: No

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