Topper's Mountain, named after the Topper brothers, employees of the Wyndham family, is located in the New England region. Established between 1998 and 2002 by Mark Kirkby and his family, the vineyard is known for its unique terroir, resulting from its high elevation on the western edge of the Great Dividing Range and deep volcanic soils. Initially intended to sell most of their harvest to other wineries, Topper’s Mountain started producing wines under their family label in 2005. The vineyard focuses on rare and alternative varieties like Gewürztraminer, Tempranillo, Nebbiolo, Sauvignon Blanc, and Shiraz, selected to complement the unique terroir.
Topper's Mountain has a rich history of viticulture, stemming back to George Wyndham, founder of Wyndham Estate. The New England area, known for its cool climate and iron-rich soils, has produced award-winning wines since the 1850s. Fast forward to today, Topper's Mountain continues this tradition, with Mark and Stephanie Kirkby and their daughters playing a pivotal role in its operation. Their experimentation in the 'Fruit Salad' block, comprising 20 different varieties, led to exciting results and a collaboration with winemaker Mike Hayes, resulting in a successful rebranding of their wines.
Topper’s Mountain's vineyard is located just north of Tingha, at an elevation over 900m above sea level. The rusted ochre volcanic soil, coupled with a cool climate, makes it an ideal location for their alternative wine varieties. The vineyard has faced challenges like bushfires and climate change, yet continues to innovate and adapt. They focus on varieties suited to warmer climates and those with high natural acids to prepare for future climatic conditions. The vineyard's commitment to sustainable practices and adapting to changing environments is evident in its approach to water use and variety selection.
The Topper's Mountain Cellar Door offers a tranquil, secluded experience surrounded by State Forest. Open Tuesday to Sunday by appointment, visitors can enjoy guided tastings with knowledgeable staff, sometimes even accompanied by Vigneron Mark or Wine Manager Jan. The cellar door also offers a locally sourced cheese and charcuterie board. For larger groups, they provide an in-depth Wine Afternoon package, including a guided tasting, a bottle of wine per person, and a vineyard walk, enhancing the wine tasting experience with the natural beauty of the region.
You can expect the following from a tasting at Topper's Mountain:
There is no cost for the tasting, and they offer a locally sourced cheese and charcuterie board for $15 per person. For larger groups, they have a more in-depth 'Wine Afternoon' package that includes a guided tasting, a bottle of wine per person or 7x100ml pours, a charcuterie board, and a guided vineyard walk, priced at $70 per person.Book now