‘Real people, real wine, real character’ was the philosophy behind Rob Dolan’s new venture. After twenty-five years finessing his craft for some of Australia’s most respected wine labels, 2010 marked a significant milestone in Rob’s career – the year to launch his own label, aptly titled Rob Dolan Wines.
In 2011 Rob was able to purchase the Hardys Yarra Burn winery located in South Warrandyte, just 30 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD. The Winery came well equipped and runs as a fully functioning state of the art winemaking facility capable of processing more than 1,000 tonnes each vintage.
2012 saw the release of the first Rob Dolan wines from vintage 2010 crafted from fruit grown by friends and grape growers who have supported Rob throughout his time in the Yarra Valley. 2012 was also the first year Rob put his new Winery to the test.
“The cheers and applause for Rob Dolan on the night suggest such accolades have been a long time coming”. In 2013 Rob Dolan Wines was announced the 2014 Winner – Newcomer Winery of the Year at the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion Awards, one of four major awards on the night. The win reaffirmed Rob had made the right decision to launch his own label in receiving such a prestigious award in the early stages of building the brand.
2014 saw continued growth with Rob Dolan Wines securing larger distribution in both Victoria and New South Wales and distribution commencing in Western Australia. Exports to China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada and the UK continued to drive demand.
Production out of the 2015 vintage almost doubled in comparison to previous years in order to keep up with demand. Rob Dolan Wines was awarded the illustrious 5 Red Star rating in the James Halliday Wine Companion symbolising “an outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity”. Wineries must have at least two wines rated 95 points or above and have had a five-star rating for the previous two years to obtain this rating.
2016 will see the launch of the first Rob Dolan Wines Cellar Door to be located onsite at the winery in South Warrandyte. More details to come.