Point of Difference
Although we're a vineyard, we really see ourselves as ‘farmers’.
We’re not driven by a ‘green’ philosophy; we just do what we have always done – look after our soil and vines, so that we’re kind on the environment and we continue to produce even better wines.
These days it’s called farm biology, but our mantra has always been that great wines are created in the vineyard and are only enhanced in the vats and barrels. It probably comes from Garry’s horticultural background, but it is also overlaid with respect for the environment and a lot of common sense about how you treat the land for sustainability.
We minimise chemical use and synthetic products, we use cover crops such as peas and oats, we compost and use recycled water. This builds natural disease resistance in the vineyard, which makes healthier vines and grapes, and the result is simply better wine.
Hours: Open 7 days 10.30am - 4.30pm
Crittenden Estate is a vineyard, winery and wine centre located in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula, one hour’s drive south of Melbourne. The home vineyard, first planted in 1982 is situated on the lower northern slopes of Red Hill and has ideal conditions for growing traditional cool climate European varieties. Its ideal sandy loam soils, considerable vine age and close proximity to Port Phillip Bay each contribute immeasurably to the premium wine styles that the Crittenden family have become known for.
After growing up on the farm the second generation of Crittendens are now fully immersed in the running of the business. Garry Crittenden’s son Rollo is now Viticulturalist & Winemaker whilst daughter Zoe takes care of the marketing. The third generation, whilst too young to be helping in the vineyard yet, enjoy the pleasure of being surrounded by vines and dirt.
The range of wines on offer at Crittenden, all available for purchase online and at the Crittenden Wine Centre, reflect Garry and Rollo’s innovative winemaking styles. As one of the first producers in the country to embrace styles from Italy and Spain they have developed a reputation for taking an experimental approach towards their wine making. Tradition, however, also plays a large part in the production of their award winning Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from an area that is now becoming pre-eminent as one of the country’s most well reputed regions for these two styles.
From the Mornington Peninsula FWY take the Red Hill exit to Nepean Hwy. Continue along and turn left into While Hills Road and imediate left into Dunns Creek Road. Harrisons Road is the first street on the right hand side. Crittenden Estate is approx 500 metres on the left hand side.