OUR HISTORY

Giaconda vineyard was established by Rick Kinzbrunner, a mechanical engineer who became interested in wine in the early 1970's. Rick then spent the next ten years working in the industry, travelling and following his passion for wine. After a brief stint in New Zealand, he studied at Davis University in California and worked at some of the most respected wineries in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys (namely Stag's Leap, Simi and Matanzas Creek). In Europe he worked for the Moueix group in Bordeaux, co-owner of the fabled Chateau Petrus.

After returning to Australia in 1980 to take up a position as assistant winemaker at Brown Brothers in Milawa, Rick purchased land in the nearby Beechworth wine region - at the foothills of the beautiful North-East Victorian Alps. Planting commenced in 1982 and the property is now devoted solely to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. A separate planting of Nebbiolo has also been established close to the Beechworth township at Red Hill. Total area under vines at the Giaconda Estate Vineyard is now 4 hectares. Annual wine production is approximately 2,500 dozen bottles.

Rick’s son Nathan Kinzbrunner also works full time at Giaconda and has done so since the 2007 vintage. His responsibilities include Assistant Winemaker and General Business Manager.

THE VINEYARD

At an altitude of 400+ metres (1,312 feet) the site and climate are influenced by the surrounding alpine valleys. The Chardonnay is planted on a relatively cool south-facing slope which is sheltered from the direct impact of the sun's rays. This results in a much slower ripening period, greater flavour complexity and natural acid levels. The Estate lies in a small valley which benefits from a light breeze much of the time; this is very effective in controlling disease.

Our Estate Vineyard Shiraz is planted on the amphitheatre block at the top of the property with a warm north-facing exposure. Warner Vineyard Shiraz is grown on a slightly higher elevation, 6.5km from the Beechworth township on ancient granite soils typical of the general area. These vines are also planted on a warm north-facing exposure.

The soil is 450 million year old granitic loam over decomposed gravel and clay. The clay is important in allowing sustained water-release to the vine roots; while the soil, being not too rich, is ideal for wine quality - lower yields are naturally regulated. The vines are drip irrigated in hotter years only when it is necessary to prevent vine stress.

The average rainfall is 800 mm annually, a little of which can be received during summer. Nights are generally cool with days being fairly warm, providing ideal conditions for slow ripening. Vintage begins in late February or early March, depending on the season. All grapes are hand-picked in the cool of the early morning before being processing at the winery on site. Cropping levels are approximately 2.5 tonnes per acre.

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WINE MAKING

Wine making should be subtle and always seek balance - this should never seek to dominate the Terroir or characteristics of any given vintage. Giaconda wines are hand-crafted according to basically a natural wine making process. To us this means indigenous yeasts are employed for fermentation, natural bacteria for Malolactic fermentation, French oak barrel ageing, minimal sulphur additions, and no filtration before bottling.

The winery, barrel maturation cave and bottling facility are all set up for gravity flow. This means the wines are very rarely pumped or manipulated mechanically. Instead they are gently moved by gravity or gas pressure during the entire wine making process.

In the case of Chardonnay, our fruit is hand picked, lightly crushed and then basket pressed - before being transferred to French oak barrels (approximately 30% new) for fermentation and ageing.

For the red wines, a combination of whole bunch and de-stemmed crushed fruit is transferred to large concrete tanks for fermentation. These wines remain on skins for an extended period to develop softer, finer tannins and more complexity; before being basket pressed and transferred to French oak barrels (up to 40% new in some cases) for ageing.

Our wines are aged in French oak for almost two years - deep underground in the granite maturation cave, which can be seen below. This cave offers optimal conditions for fermentation and ageing with a stable temperature of 16 degrees centigrade and naturally high humidity all year round.

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    14 Barnard Street
    Bright VIC 3741
    (03) 5750 1313
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    Beechworth VIC 3747
    (03) 5728 2650
  • Broadgauge Restaurant
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    Wodonga VIC 3690
    0419 700 619
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    Beechworth VIC 3747
    (03) 5728 2882
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    Beechworth VIC 3747
    (03) 5728 1786
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    (03) 5755 2266
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    03 9509 3055
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    134 Mollison Street
    Kyneton VIC 3444
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    03 9510 6385
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    03 9696 2300
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    1 Marine Parade
    Abbotsford VIC 3067
    03 9419 6990
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    East Doncaster VIC 3109
    03 9822 9100
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    45 Errol Street
    North Melbourne VIC 3051
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    03 9686 3033
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    324-326 Pakington Street
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    766 Burke Road
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    03 9882 0954
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    Melbourne VIC 3000
    03 9654 0811
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    13 Mcgregors Drive
    Keilor Park VIC 3042
    03 9261 4444
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    261 High Street
    Ashburton VIC 3147
    03 9885 8199
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    133 Queensbridge Street
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    03 9698 8000
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    42E Anslow Street
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    03 5427 2228
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    02 9660 1947
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    02 9380 6133
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    02 9327 2354
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    45A Spofforth Street
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    02 9953 1331
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    133 Alexander Street
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    137-147 Bondi Road
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    02 9389 6422
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    Level 1, 26 Waterloo Street
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    02 8507 2662
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    02 9954 0090
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    02 8090 6793
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    1109 Barrenjoey Road
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    02 9974 4304
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    119 Harris Street
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    60 Darling Street
    Balmain East NSW 2041
    02 9818 3077
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    7 Lackey Street
    Summer Hill NSW 2130
    02 9798 7282
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    Shop 3, 1 Alfred Street, Circular Quay
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    02 9247 2755
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    81 Hillcrest Avenue
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    02 9580 4464
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    152 Elizabeth Street
    Sydney NSW 2000
    02 9264 3022
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    179-181 Palmer Street
    Darlinghurst NSW 2010
    02 8915 5300
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    58 South Head Road
    Vaucluse NSW 2030
    02 9337 1765
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    418 Kent Street
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    02 9286 3344
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    23 Babbage Road
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    02 9882 1788
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    07 5526 3103
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    07 3252 1117
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    07 3852 1891
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    08 8267 1533
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    08 8332 0317
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    Perth WA 6000
    08 6282 0000
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    67-71 Canning Beach Road
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    08 9314 9010
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    166A Scarborough Beach Rd
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    08 9386 3336