A life in wine
After 25 years of making wine for some of Australia’s most iconic wineries, our fearless leader (and local legend!) Rob, made the decision to channel his creative energy into his own label. And so, Rob Dolan Wines was born.
Rob’s belief in creating wines of real character flows through everything we do. Our wine, therefore, is a reflection of everything we love about our home in the Yarra Valley – bold, generous and exceedingly likeable—a bit like the man himself!
IT TAKES A VILLAGE
Extreme drinkability is our ultimate goal. Our team of diversely skilled winemakers ensure we balance purity of fruit expression, sophisticated balance and depth of flavour. We learn from each other and we learn from each season. We are always pushing and experimenting with ways to improve our wines—particularly our hero varietals: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
IT’S WHERE OUR HEART IS
This is where the magic happens. Our state-of-the-art wine-making facility is a hive of collaboration and experimentation. Some of the brightest talent in the region working together to craft the ripest, richest, and most generous wines. Our cellar door offers the perfect place to savour the results of these efforts.
The Yarra Valley is home to some of the best parcels of fruit in the country—
each vineyard having been planted with varieties and clones that suit and
beautifully reflect the distinct terroir of each site.
And it is our long-standing friendships with select growers in this region that
allow us to get our hands on the highest calibre fruit possible—resulting in
the most beautiful wine.
Yarraland Vineyard, Chirnside Park
owned and operated by the D’Alosio Family | three generations of grape growers | relationship with the family spans back to 1992 | producers of super premium grapes across all varieties that feature in our Black and White Label ranges | classic and emerging varietals | grey-red sandy loam soils | easterly aspect
Gilson Vineyard, Dixons Creek
owned and operated by Linda + John Gilson | unique lower Yarra site | specialist pinot noir + chardonnay vineyard | the most northern vineyard from which we take fruit | cooling effect from shadowing of nearby hills | grey sandy loam soils over a clay base | personal relationship dating back over 25 years
Willowlake Vineyard, Gladysdale
owned by Joe Goodman + family | managed by Tim Wray | picturesque vineyard | highest quality Pinot Noir + Chardonnay | fruit sourced from this site is aimed for White Label and Single Vineyard | upper Yarra | very cool | 300m altitude | red-grey basalt soils | relationship spans back to 1992
Murrumong Vineyard, Gruyere
owned and operated by Rob + Marie Dettman + families | a unique drought proof vineyard with ample water | north-east facing with majestic views to Healesville in the east | produces Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Gris + Arneis | one of the Yarra’s most spectacular properties | also a cattle and pastoral property | relationship with the vineyard spans over 20+ years
Nenagh Park Vineyard, Yarra Glen
owned and operated by the Steve Sadlier + Family | long term relationship; Steve + Rob worked together at Yarra Ridge in the early 90’s | quality Pinot Noir + Chardonnay vineyard | located in the foothills of Christmas Hills, just above Yarra Glen | easterly sloping | grey sandy loam soils | the relationship continues to the next generation with Steve’s son Llewy being part of the winemaking team at Rob Dolan
Melba Valley Vineyard, Dixons Creek
owned and operated by Barbara + Barry Saunders | 25+ years of friendship between the Dolans and the Saunders | fantastic business mentors | northerly aspect | slopes east + north-west | shallow grey sandy loam soils over clay | growers of Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Savagnin and Merlot
Michaels Vineyard, Seville
owned and operated by the Michaels family | new kids on the block | unique Upper Yarra site | meticulous producers of high quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz + Pinot Noir | deep-red basalt soils | son Raph Michael is part of our winemaking team
THE ROB DOLAN FAMILY
We’ve got a pretty great bunch of people here at Rob Dolan Wines. A collection of different characters from different backgrounds but with one unified passion—our love of making and sharing great wine.