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Lethbridge

'Real wine' is our passion, wines that are produced with fruit from carefully grown vines and made using traditional techniques to allow the true terroir to be expressed.

Have you ever sat around enjoying a drink with your friends and imagined ‘What if we could…..??’. 

This is how our story began:
Lethbridge Wines grew from a friendship between Ray Nadeson, Maree Collis and Adrian Thomas.  Back in the mid 1990’s we were busy establishing careers in science and medicine and shared a love of great wine which ultimately became quite an obsession. The afternoons sipping Burgundies were replaced by weekends searching for the perfect vineyard site and then by afternoons digging holes and planting vines. For two of us (Maree and Ray) the passion for wine drove us to a tree change, and in 2003 after 7 years of balancing careers in science and running a vineyard and winery, we made Lethbridge Wines our reison d'etre.

Our Philosophy

We believe in the importance of terroir (soil, climate, aspect and bio-diversity) in the production of distinctive wines and that the best wines express the unique character of the special places from which they originate.

Our philosophy is to practice organic techniques influenced by biodynamic methods to establish a healthy, balanced vineyard. By encouraging vigorous biological activity in the soil and eliminating the use of chemicals that can harm microorganisms, we are able to produce fruit of great flavour and character. Our winemaking encompasses the full range traditional techniques. We conduct fermentations using indigenous yeast and employ pre- and post-fermentation maceration to produce the best tannin structure naturally. Extended lees contact is used for enhanced mouth feel, and all our oaked wines are made using the very best French oak barrels.

Environmental sustainability is critical to what we do. Consistent with our philosophy of minimal impact, our winery is built from strawbales which provide excellent thermal qualities. Such qualities recreate the controlled environment of underground cellars that have always played an important part in the maturation of great wines. Our building also requires no heating or cooling, thus reducing ongoing energy consumption. The construction material (straw) would otherwise have been burnt, producing tones of greenhouse gases.

Our History

Lethbridge Wines is a situated in the Moorabool valley in the Geelong wine region.  Back in the 1860’s the Geelong region was the largest grape-growing region in Victoria, having been established by immigrant Swiss vignerons.  Unsurprisingly the varieties planted were said to include ’Hermitage’, Burgundy and Chasselas . The wines produced from the  region won numerous prizes at local and European wine shows.  When phylloxera was discovered in the region in the early1880’s the vineyard  were destroyed and it was not until the late 1960’s early 1970’s that vines were again planted in the Geelong region.

Not surprisingly, the site at Lethbridge was selected based on scientific principles such as soil type, degree days and other climatic indicators. However when we first explored the property we discovered an ancient old wooden fermentation vat in one of the old sheds. Discussion with the previous owner (Ivor Perdrisat) revealed that his family, Swiss in origin, had planted a vineyard on the exact site back in the 1870's before the discovery of phylloxera in the region. The old wine vat has been reincarnated as a beautiful timber tasting bench in the cellar door. This story is compelling in the connection between traditional wisdom and modern science.

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Lethbridge Pinot Meunier

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£27.50
£29.50 per single bottle
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Lethbridge Indra Shiraz

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£40.50
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Lethbridge Ménage A Noir Pinot Noir

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£21.50
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Lethbridge Mietta Pinot Noir

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Lethbridge Pinot Noir

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£26.50 per single bottle
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Lethbridge Allegra Chardonnay

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Lethbridge Shiraz

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