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About Us

Our Winemaking Philosophy

Mount Terrible Pinot Noir barrels
“If you have good grape juice, the role of the winemaker is not to screw it up.” Kermit Lynch.
We follow traditional Burgundian practice: yields are kept low, grapes are picked by hand, chilled and sorted by John before crushing. Handling is kept to a minimum with gravity feeds replacing pumping throughout the winery. From crushing to bottling, the whole wine-making process takes place on site, and the barrels and finished wine are stored in our underground cellar. More

The vineyard

Mount Terrible Vineyard is on the Licola Road, 3 kilometres east of the beautiful township of Jamieson – Neville Shute’s idea of the best place to wait for the end of the world! The 5 acres of vines are a thousand feet above sea level, on a gently-sloping north-facing river terrace. Jamieson falls just outside the Upper Goulburn Wine Region, thus the unqualified “Victoria” designation on the label. More



Mount Terrible with snow
Life under the shadow of Mount Terrible can be all the name suggests. A series of late frosts destroyed the buds in 2007. Smoke from the fires in 07 finished the job, as again occurred in 2009. For the first 10 years after the vineyard was established, we experienced drought conditions, relying heavily on the adjacent Jamieson River for irrigation. Now the drought has given way to a wetter La Nina cycle, we receive more rainfall than we need, which has necessitated changes to our agronomic practices. Flexibility is as important in viticulture as it is in every other department of life. More



Mount Terrible Jamieson Gold Rush Horse and cart
Our town is one of many in North-East Victoria that sprang up, flourished, then faded away following the fortunes of the 1860s gold rush. Situated at the confluence of the Goulburn and Jamieson Rivers, the town developed as a supply base for the four thousand miners working in the adjacent Ranges. Within five years of its foundation in 1861, Jamieson had a population of over five hundred, with 9 hotels, 2 banks, a school, a court house, even a theatre. Shops and houses extended well beyond the area of the current township. But the easily mined gold petered out in the 1870s and Jamieson slowly declined into the pretty backwater it is today. More



Mount Terrible lyrebird
In 2008 a male lyrebird took up residence in the bush immediately in front of the entrance to the vineyard. Lyrebirds are the best mimics in the animal kingdom. This one’s repertoire starts with an as yet unidentified but clearly mechanical click-click-click noise, followed in quick succession by a Cockatoo, a Little Raven, a Restless Flycatcher (aka the Scissors-Grinder) and a Currawong. More