History

Arundel Farm is located on the south side of Arundel Road on a rise above the Maribyrnong River Valley. The farm complex comprises a late nineteenth century bluestone homestead, stables, shearing shed and other outbuildings. The homestead is a large (86 squares), two story, verandahed, bluestone building with corrugated-iron clad hipped main roof and gabled wing to the south east. The house has 16 main rooms with 12 foot ceilings and ornate plaster mouldings. The iron roof probably replaces an earlier slate roof, still evident on one wing. Single story service wings also in bluestone and slate roofed, extend to the north and south. The southern one these retains what maybe early, even original, stained glass windows.

In 1868 Robert McDougall bought 640 acres of the estate and built the present bluestone homestead. He had by this time attained fame as a breeder of Shorthorn cows and as editor of the Victorian Herd Book.

McDougall died in 1887 and Arundel was sold to William Taylor to become part of his large Overnewton Estate.

House

Recent History

Arundel Farm Estate is a boutique winery located within the Sunbury Wine Region just 16 kilometers from the City of Melbourne. The vineyard was originally planted to two acres of Shiraz and Cabernet in mid 1980. Rick Kinzbrunner of Giaconda Wines made the first vintages in 1988, 1989 and 1990. Rick Kinzbrunner continued as the winemaker until the mid 90’s.  Our vineyard has been expanded to 20 acres and consists of 40 year old vines along with the newer plantings in 1996 and 2000. Today, our vineyards are planted solely to Shiraz, 16 acres and Viognier, 4 acres – the varieties best suited to the Sunbury Wine Region.

Arundel Farm Estate was purchased by the Ceccomancini family in October 2011 and continues to produce fine wine varietals of Shiraz and Viognier under our winemaker Mark Matthews. Mark is a winemaker with 18 vintages experience across the globe.