Otway Estate was first established in 1983 and was known as Barongavale winery
During 1998, expansion of the vineyard began with further plantings of mainly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varieties. The estate consists of nearly 28 acres with approximately 16 acres under vine. Further expansion to the winery facilities as well as a cellar door have taken place during 2002 - 2003.
"Otway Estate is set to further expand during 2005 / 2006 opening our new cellar door and function facility. The new facility will provide an ideal location for weddings and other special occasions.
Otway Estate produces wine under two labels, Otway Estate and Yahoo Creek. All fruit grown on the property at Otway Estate is under the 'Estate' label whereas fruit sourced from the local area is bottled under our Yahoo Creek label. Fruit for Yahoo Creek comes predominantly from Irrewarra, Birregurra and through to Geelong.
Both Yahoo Creek and the Otway Ranges were named after British Mariner Sir William Albany Otway. "On 7th December 1800, Lieutenant James Grant commander of the LADY NELSON, wrote "I named it Cape Albany Otway, in honour of William Albany Otway, Esq. Captain in the Royal Navy, and one of the Commissioners of the Transport Board"
The name was later shortened to its present form, The Otway Ranges. Yahoo was believed to be one of the vessels sailed by William Albany Otway. Yahoo Creek was named in the early 1800's and is situated in the Otway Ranges was thereby named after this sailing vessel.
Otway Estate wines are premium cool climate wines with great cellaring potential on both the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The range consists of both still and sparkling wine including:
Sparkling White - Chardonnay / Pinot Noir
Sparkling Red - Pinot Noir / Shiraz
Yahoo Creek wines are aimed at the cafe market and are fantastic value for money. The Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are sourced totally from nearby Birregurra, Irrewarra and Kawarren. The Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot grapes are all sourced from the local cool climate vineyards. In addition to producing superb Victorian varietal wines, the Otway Estate fulfills the role of a truly hospitable winery by providing lodging for guests and for travellers.
Otway Estate Cottages offer luxury adult accommodation in a peaceful and tranquil environment. If you are after a truly romantic getaway then Otway Estate Cottages are the place to stay. The cottages are nestled in bush land on the Otway Estate Winery, a 28 acre property in the beautiful Otway Ranges - 12.5 kilometres south of Colac and 160 kilometres (or 2 hours) from Melbourne.