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They say that it is the people who make a winery. Sure a winery is about the vine and the wine, the terroir and the climate, but never underestimate the importance of the hand of man
People are the heart and soul of Tuck's Ridge. People tend the vines lovingly throughout the year. People meld and coerce the finest qualities out of the fruit and after all it is people that meet you with a smile and a glass of Vues Sparkling when you walk in our front door. So who are these people.? Peter Hollick and Helen Pattison own Tuck's Ridge. They are often around the place but most of the time they are enjoying the experience in much the same way you all do, appreciating fine wines. It has been a labour of love for Peter and Helen but one that they have both confronted with loyalty, honesty and a glass of Pinot Noir never far from hand.
Not many wineries can claim to have been operational for 21 years. Yet with minimum fanfare and single minded determination Tuck's Ridge has been producing wonderfully expressive, superbly balanced cool climate wines for even longer. Tuck's Ridge continue to do the things, produce the wines and encourage the type of enjoyment and loyalty other wineries can only dream about. What's not to love about Tuck's Ridge? Mornington's favourite winery is child and dog friendly, offers a great view over vines, spectacular food and wines that will have you dreaming of a return. Rustic, peaceful, green and lush. A vineyard is a place that makes you feel relaxed no matter how bad a day, week or year you have endured.
Tuck's Ridge is proudly independently owned and remains steadfastly boutique in nature. This is a most important consideration for the winemaking team since it enables almost anybody you meet at Tuck's Ridge to have had an important influence on the wine you are drinking or the atmosphere you are enjoying. No matter how they spin it, none of the large multinational wine companies can ever make such a statement, least not truthfully.
With the foundations laid on the home Buckle Vineyard and the cellar door, the wine drinking world can be assured of a yearly supply of world class wines. At Tuck's Ridge the future is small parcel production of cool climate fruit sourced from the Mornington Peninsula. This enables an estate range of wines to be entirely Tuck's Ridge labeled, and to fully express the evocative nature and irresistible memories that come from enjoying great wine good food and sharing in the company of friends and families.
Tuck's Ridge take things seriously and have rationalised their production, moving forward the estate is producing less wine of a hugely improved nature. It means that when new vintages are released, availability will become ever tighter as more and more people want to discover Mornington's best wines, representing the best value that the region and indeed Australia can produce. In James Halliday's Wine Companion, the Tuck's Ridge review stands out like the proverbial bottle in the brown paper bag at a silver service restaurant.
The 2005 Hurley Vineyard Pinot Noir was rated by Halliday at 97/100, the highest individual rating of any wine from the region and an equal rating to Grange Hermitage and Hill of Grace. Most Tuck's Ridge wines received mid 90's ratings. Tuck's Ridge is about to get even more exciting for the estate's established following and lovers of fine wine everywhere. "Tuck's Ridge has changed focus significantly since selling its large Red Hill vineyard. Estate plantings are now an eclectic mix of pinot noir (3 ha), 1 ha each of chardonnay and albarino, and contract grape purchases have been reduced. Quality, not quantity, is the key!" -James Halliday
With unsurpassed views across the vineyard, hills and lake, Tuck‚Äôs Ridge Vineyard will make you feel like you are somewhere far from every day life. With a glass of wine and delicious food at hand, gaze out over the vineyard and feel what it is like to be in Tuscany. The recently renovated bluestone building is fresh, subtle and inviting combining understated elegance with warm familiarity. In winter sit by the cosy fire and in summer enjoy the open air feel in the caf√© or on the terrace.
TV chef Iain Hewitson came to Tuck's Ridge to film a series of his cooking adventures. He filmed seven cooking segments, one with the assistance of the estate's own chef. Tuck‚Äôs Ridge is the ideal location for any event, catering for all functions from corporate events and launches through to birthdays and weddings. Tuck‚Äôs Ridge will impress and inspire. When it comes to menu planning and preparation, the Tuck‚Äôs Ridge philosophy is one of honesty, simplicity and integrity - use the best possible ingredients, and focus menus around the seasons. The menu is a showcase for the freshest and the best of local produce emphasizing their natural flavours.
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