Southeastern Australia’s Mildura region was transformed from an arid, scrubby, no man’s land, to an agricultural oasis in the 1880s. A man named Alfred Deakin, a former Prime Minister of Australia, encouraged California’s Chaffey Brothers to bring their irrigation expertise to the vast inland of the Murray River. Since then, the region has become one of Australia’s most productive and prosperous sources of high quality produce, including citrus, olives, almonds and grapes. The Deakin Estate property and its wines are named in honour of Alfred Deakin, as visionary for the region.
Purchased in 1967, Deakin Estate was planted to premium wine grapes which were sold as fruit until 1980, when a winery facility was built. By the time the Deakin Estate range was launched in 1994, some vines had achieved considerable age, while newer vines were being planted. The efforts are focused on producing fruit of the highest quality, and expressive wines brimming with flavour and varietal character. With exports to over 30 countries around the world, these efforts have succeeded in spades.