Posted by: debrakolkka | June 15, 2010

Curly Flat in winter


I have just been to Victoria to visit my son and my sister.  It was my son Brandon’s 37th birthday recently, a perfect excuse to go.  He works at my sister’s vineyard and winery in the Mt Macedon area, one hour north of Melbourne.  It is a particularly beautiful part of Australia, and Curly Flat produces excellent pinot noir and chardonnay – some very good reasons to be there.

my son Brandon

The 2010 vintage is finished and the wine is now in barrels doing its thing.  This year was a particularly good year.  The weather conditions were favourable and the harvest was the best ever.  This was great news after last year’s shocking conditions with the extreme heat causing untold damage to the fruit.   The crop was down by 40%.

Curly Flat winery

Ben checking the barrels

in the controlled temperature barrel room

Pruning in the vineyard is almost complete and not much will happen there until budburst in spring when the vines will need tending again.  Pinot noir grapes in particular need lots of attention to produce the best fruit.  Curly Flat believes great wine is made in the vineyard.  Something is working, the wines get glowing reviews and are in most of the top restaurants around Australia as well as in Qantas business and first class.

winter vines

It's hard to believe new leaves will sprout in spring

The orginal sandstone cottage on the property has been converted into the tasting rooms where cellar door is held each weekend and special events take place.  It is particularly welcoming in winter with the fires going.

Vintage Hall - the tasting rooms

a Curly Flat cat resting comfortably in Vintage Hall

the Nick Dattner table is 8 metres long and seats 26

We  had a few hours of fine weather while I was there so I took the opportunity to wander around the property taking photos.  Here is the result.

Lake Lacuna

winter at Curly Flat

late afternoon by the lake

beside the lake

the road to the winery

pet sheep

looking across to the vineyard

Lake Lacuna

the end result of the hard work

Curly Flat  263 Collivers Rd, Lancefield, Victoria 3435


  1. You are too clever, beautiful photos once again, and nice to see a picture of Brandon too.

  2. Wow! Deb, your pictures are amazing! I’ve been to Curly Flat several times, so, must say your camera does justice to this beautiful place. I also love your little touches – the cat among the cushions, the sanguine pet sheep and the close-ups of the scenery. Curly Flat deserves recognition (and accolades) for their superb wines, particularly the Pinot Noir. Lovely to see Brandon in the flesh.
    Well done, Deb.

  3. Handsome boy/man – a photo will have to suffice for now

  4. I love Australian wine, when I pick a wine in the store I go directly to the Australian wine 🙂

    I cannot believe that you have a 37 year old son Deb! He is so lucky to have this kind of job in this enchanted place!

  5. My Favourite Pino!

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