2018 Gold Winner Regional Tourism Awards & GT Wine Mag ‘Best Additional Experience in Heathcote’ (Rent-A-Row Winemaking Experience)
A picturesque winery and brewery with cellar door overlooking our gorgeous 25-acre Shiraz vineyard and the rustic surroundings of Cornella’s former post office and farm. It is home to its own craft brewery, Cornella Real, producing a range of craft beers on site with 10 taps at the bar for tasting.
Open for lunch and tastings daily with function space available for parties and weddings. Live music venue hosting monthly “Sunday Sessions” featuring local artists accompanied by great food, wine and beer in a relaxed atmosphere.
Our History – The Democracy Of Wine
From humble beginnings, this vision of The Shiraz Republic has grown. We believe that good wine begins in the vineyard, and at The Shiraz Republic, our vineyard has and will always open for you to make good wine. We started off with and continue to specialise in supplying premium quality, Heathcote Shiraz grapes to home winemakers & small producers. With each year, we have sold more grapes to more people – and from our grapes, our citizens make excellent wines.
In 2005, The Shiraz Republic (under the name Cornella Ridge Estate) began making wine and moving our wine through our friends & citizens. If you have a vineyard, you’d be crazy not to make (some) wine. And as this has grown, we’ve upscaled production, opened a cellar door, put in a brewery and are regulars at regional festivals such Heathcote on Show and the Heathcote Food & Wine Festival.
“Wine of the people, for the people, by the people” – The President
Nowadays, we’ve been helping citizens to make wine on site at The Shiraz Republic through our Rent-A-Row experiential gift packages. The aim is to share the joy of winemaking with those who have not yet experienced it themselves. This has been everything from sharing our facilities with budding vignerons to hosting fun social days with our new citizens. 2018 saw us host over 100 different Rent-A-Row recipients through the winemaking process and with increasing media attention from The Age, ABC & Weekly Times, the future is bright.