We are a small boutique vineyard at the base of Mount Macedon.
Botanica Estate Vineyard was planted in 2004 and is a premium grape & wine producer located in the Macedon Ranges, less than 1 hour from Melbourne CBD. We are situated between Woodend and Romsey townships, and just a short distance to the scenic Hanging Rock.
Our site is located at the base of Mount Macedon, in a northerly position and 630m above sea level, making us one of the highest and coldest vineyards in Victoria. The vineyard has an ideal aspect and altitude for growing quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Gewürztraminer grapes.
The Name ‘Botanica Estate’ pays homage to our parents and the beautiful Garden and property that was established years ago, and that we carry forward and continue to develop.
After over 2 decades of Corporate work – Megan being in Project Management & Consultancy within the Building arena, and David a Chartered Accountant, they both decided to take the leap of faith and live on the land, breath some fresh country air and be as self sufficient as possible. They had the desire to be involved in Agribusiness and Wine production, and dreamt of a country lifestyle after CBD living in both Melbourne, Sydney and Paris. This became possible after our parents retired to CBD, and they purchased the stunning property.
David and Megan lived in France 2008-2009, and did widespread ‘wine travels & tastings’ during this time. This is where their love of Burgundy wines and Champagne grew even more. They mostly travelled through the Burgundy region & Cote-d’Or, plus the Champagne region around Reims, Epernay and villages beyond to enhance our love of all things French – apart from Cheese & Pastries!
After spending time at Olivier Leflaive’s stunning vineyard and property in Puligny-Montrachet and the surrounding areas of Cote de Beaune, Megan’s love of Chardonnay grew. Whilst after spending time in Cote-de Nuits, David’s love of Pinot Noir was ingrained. Megan also spent time at a Grand Cru Champagne House in Ambonnay, which was a highlight of the trip with great learnings and tastings!
‘The Francophiles’ returned and set upon a tree change to the Macedon Ranges.