Blue Pyrenees was established in 1963 by the French Remy Martin. Then called Chateau Remy, the Estate was one of the modern Australian wine industry’s first ventures into cool climate viticulture. The site at the foothills of the Pyrenees ranges, near Avoca in Victoria, was chosen as one of only two locations in Australia to meet a specific criteria for idyllic climatic conditions and soils, not dissimilar to those of Bordeaux. Although initially established with a primary focus on brandy production, the potential for exceptional table and methode traditionelle sparkling wines was soon recognised.
A French-Australian fusion in style began to emerge - wines with elegance and refinement that reflect the diversity of the Estate’s vineyards and are, ultimately, made to be enjoyed. Today the estate is 100% Australian-owned and led by CEO and Chief Winemaker Andrew Koerner, and continues to produce some of Australia’s finest wines.
What do you prefer? Red, White or Sparkling?
Surrounding an old gold mine (today a small lake which serves as a reliable water source) the estate’s vineyards lie on a range of gentle slopes. These vines produce the full-flavoured reds for which the region is best known—a complex array of fruit and savoury flavours combined with tell-tale Pyrenees spice. White varietals produced on the Estate are similarly distinctive, with elegant, fresh and clean fruit flavours alongside great minerality. Certainly not least, vineyards of premium-quality Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, harvested carefully in the cool of the night and taken through the méthode traditonelle sparkling wine making process, produce a series of sparkling wines to rival the best of French Champagne. Does Blue Pyrenees focus on Red, White or Sparkling wines? We think we do all of them pretty well.
Describe Blue Pyrenees Estate in two words? Affordable luxury.
Did you know...
In 2014, Blue Pyrenees’ 2010 Midnight Cuvée was awarded World Champion Australian Sparkling at the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships.