As the oldest vineyard in the Southern Highlands, Joadja Estate blazed a trail for this cool climate wine region.
With an interest in cool climate wine, Kim Moginie began to explore the possibility of growing grapes in the high, cool region of the Southern Highlands. In the 1980s he established Joadja Estate, the first vineyard and winery in what is now a productive and increasingly well-known wine region. And although he retired in 2016, selling Joadja Estate to enthusiastic new owners, it’s fair to say the blossoming Southern Highlands wine region owes Kim a tip of the hat.
Joadja Estate produces Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Fume Blanc, Rose, Malbec and a Cabernet/Malbec/Petit Verdot blend – the latter its flagship red. Grapes are grown on volcanic soils at an elevation of 750m. The Southern Highland’s trademark warm days and cool nights allow the grapes to ripen slowly, which Joadja Estate says retains flavour and freshness.
Joadja adopts a hands-on approach to winemaking, using techniques from both new world technology and old world tradition. All wines are crafted on site, and visitors are invited to partake in a self-guided tour of the facility before sampling the goods at the cellar door.
Joadja Estate also runs popular ‘Music in the Vines’ events; outdoor concerts in which guests bring their own picnic blankets, chairs and snacks, or pre-order a pizza made fresh in the wood-fired oven. The event is free, with guests encouraged to have a few glasses of vino from the vines in which they sit, and of course stock up on a few bottles to take home.
Joadja Estate is open to visitors Monday, Thursday and Friday from 10am to 5pm, and weekends from 12pm to 5pm.