From its humble beginnings as a hobby farm, Stonier’s story begins with Brian Stonier who was one of the first vignerons in the Mornington Peninsula. He planted Chardonnay in 1978, while his kids were surfing at the local beach. This viticultural hobby grew to become a great love for Brian, and in honour of his other great love, Champagne, he planted Pinot Noir in 1982.
Stonier and the Mornington Peninsula have subsequently built their world-renowned reputation on these two varieties, as the region’s cool maritime climate makes for the perfect canvas to bring these varieties to life.
James Halliday Five Star Winery
Cool climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
In 1991, Stonier’s new winery and cellar door were completed, designed by renowned Melbourne architect Daryl Jackson. The building was officially opened by then Governor of Victoria, Dr Davis McCaughey.
Stonier’s Mornington Peninsula vineyards are the foundation of our winemaking practice. The wines showcase the premium quality and character of the fruit cultivated in Stonier's pristine cool maritime climate. The vineyards are guided to produce the best possible fruit from their given site within their natural constraints.
Stonier’s vineyard portfolio boasts some of the region’s oldest vineyards, each one contributing nuances from within the different sub-regions of the peninsula.
Stonier and the Mornington Peninsula have built their world-renowned reputation on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, as the region’s cool maritime climate makes for the perfect canvas to bring these varieties to life.
After the first planting of Chardonnay in 1978, followed by Pinot Noir in 1982, Stonier released its very first Pinot Noir stamped with the 1986 vintage.
In 2000, Stonier punctuated the beginning of its profound support of the Pinot Noir variety by hosting the inaugural Stonier International Pinot Noir Tasting (SIPNOT). It was the first significant Australian event involving trade and media looking at Pinot Noir from an international perspective. Len Evans, Brian Croser and James Halliday became long-term panel members.
Mike’s passion for winemaking and viticulture began at our Petaluma Winery in South Australia in 1989 and is based on achieving a natural balance in the vineyard and allowing the wine’s natural flavours developed in the vineyard to flourish with minimal intervention from the winery.
Gaining a deep understanding of the importance of matching varieties with the right sites while working at Petaluma and consecutively working two vintages in Bordeaux followed by post-graduate studies in Montpellier France, Mike moved to Italy to work for the acclaimed Antinori family in 1996 before returning to Australia.
With more time spent at Petaluma before joining Stonier in 2008, and currently heading the team which thrives under his stewardship, Mike creates some of the finest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Australia.