Our History

Armstead Estate Vineyard is centrally located within the Heathcote Wine Region on the banks of Lake Eppalock.

Peter Armstead, owner & winemaker, planted the first Shiraz vines in 2003 by hand in just one weekend with the help of good friends.

The vineyard is on an Easterly facing slope over a shallow strip of Cambrian soil just metres from the lake. It now looks a picture as the lake is almost full.

Our Vines

While waiting for our vines to produce, we sourced great fruit from premium growers in the Heathcote region and got started straight away, working with experienced, award winning winemakers from the area to make our Roxy’s Paddock Shiraz and Lakeside Marsanne. All our wine is made with the principles of minimal intervention and dedication to producing the varietal’s unique regional flavour.

Cellar Door

Our Cellar Door is situated on the historic 1860’s property Wild Duck Farm in the old Foreman’s cottage, which still retains its rustic charm. We showcase all of our wines, local produce and preserves.

A wine tasting can be enjoyed on the verandah of the Cellar Door while enjoying the delightful view of the lake and grounds, or in front of the blazing log fire on a cold winters day. Bring your own picnic lunch and buy a glass or bottle of wine to enjoy on the grounds overlooking the lake. We also welcome bus tours and social groups. Give us a call or an email first so that we can properly arrange a great visit for you.