GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE | PAGE 39 OVENS Made with love for over three generations The valley climate of North East Victoria makes it perfect for winemaking, and it's where you'll find Eaglerange Estate Winery. Located in the Happy Valley, less than a 10-minute drive south-east of Myrtleford, Eaglerange has been in the Ivone family for more than three generations. Frank Ivone's father, Luigi, selected the property in the late 1950s. The first Cabernet Sauvignon vines were lovingly planted by hand in the spring of 1995 by Frank and Tiziana (Tish) with the help of their three daughters Natasha, Ashlee and Cassandra...and Luigi, of course! The Cabernet Sauvignon was followed by Merlot and – over the years – other varieties such as Riesling, plus several unique and delightful reds, have been added to the vineyard. Of course the Ivone daughters are the inspiration for the naming of the Eaglerange '3 Daughters' releases. All made by Frank. The winery's intimate cellar door and tasting room is a sanctuary from the noise and pressures of everyday life, where guests are welcome to enjoy tasting the Estate's premium wines, including: • Limited Release Riesling, with its delightful taste of crisp apple, reminiscent of the Alsace region of France • Tempranillo (famous in the Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions of Spain) matured in old French oak barrels, and • Saperavi – an extractive wine with a characteristic bouquet, a harmonious taste and pleasant astringency, suitable for extended ageing. A welcome recent addition to the range is the lovely Montepulciano. The grape is widely planted throughout central and southern Italy, most notably in Abruzzo, Umbria and Apulia and is a permitted variety in DOC wines produced in 20 of Italy's 95 provinces. This is a round, plummy and weighty red, with ripe tannins and good acidity. Eaglerange Estate is a regular stop on many winery tours. Visitors can enjoy wine tasting, a cheese platter, and some homemade Ivone salami – a perfect match for a Eaglerange red or white wine. The family's motto, 'Set a stout heart to a steep hill', reflects its belief that the future of Eaglerange Estate lies in the talents of the next generation. Eaglerange Estate Winery is open Thursday to Sunday from 10am4pm (bookings essential). To find out more, visit eaglerangeestate.com.au Merlot and Tempranillo are just two of the wine styles created at Eaglerange Estate in Happy Valley. The beautiful vineyard at Eaglerange Estate has been in the Ivone family for more than three generations. OPEN THUR -SUN 10am - 4pm Bookings Essential Our wines have been awarded by Wine State Magazine for many years. Call in and taste our new Montepulciano Variety. You will be delighted. 228 Happy Valley Road, Ovens, Vic 3738 Phone: (03) 5752 2518 0458 922 518 Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.eaglerangeestate.com.au PB16622 Happy Valley no longer a secret!