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Mitchell Harris have been making wine since 2008…

Based in our home town of Ballarat, and surrounded by the great wine regions of Western and central Victoria, winemaker John Harris, works with our growers in the Pyrenees, Macedon, Ballarat and Henty wine regions to craft wines that display distinctive varietal expression and reflect individual vineyard, vintage and regional character.

  • Our Winemaker

    Intrigued by its tastes, and the art and science behind its creation, John, whilst completing an Immunology degree, fell in love with everything about wine. After his first vintages at Brown Brothers in the mid 1990’s he never looked back and soon completed a wine science degree whilst gaining valuable cellar and winemaking experience in Western Victoria and also in Oregon. 8 years at Domaine Chandon, working with winemaking teams all over the world, the desire to create his own brand was ignited, and after moving back home to Ballarat and joining forces with his wine loving in-laws, the Mitchells, the Mitchell Harris wine story was born.

From the classic Western Victorian pepper and spice in our Pyrenees reds to the cool climate focus and finesse of our Sabre sparkling, we hope our wines will give you a real glimpse into what makes our central and western Victorian wine growing regions so special.

  • Peerick Vineyard – Pyrenees Wine Region

    Nestled in the hills just outside of Moonambel and at the end of the narrow, dusty and bumpy Wild Dog Track, is the Peerick Vineyard. The first Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz vines were planted in 1990. Planted on undulating slopes to maximise the abundant sunlight and to allow cool air movement from the surrounding hills, the shallow, rocky, and quartz laden soils provide an ideal site to ripen all varieties planted.

  • Wightwick Vineyard – Ballarat Wine Region

    Located just 8 km to the north of our CBD cellardoor, between Creswick and Ballarat, the Wightwick Vineyard at Invermay is perched on a gentle north east facing slope approximately 500 m above sea level. 400 million year old Ordovician soils of structured clays and gravely quartz are moderately fertile and have good water holding capacity. Planted exclusively to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, we work with Keith and Anne Wightwick to help grow and make our Chardonnay and Pinot Noir table wines.

  • Wilimee Vineyard – Macedon Ranges Wine Region

    At an altitude of 600m and planted on some of the oldest Cambrian soils in Australia, the Wilimee Vineyard is one of the oldest vineyards in the Macedon Ranges. Originally founded as the Portree vineyard in 1982, we are honoured to work with our friends Ben Ranken and Sally Richardson who carefully grow the Chardonnay that forms the backbone to our Sabre sparkling wine.

  • Our Cellar Door

    In 2011 we fell in love with an abandoned 150 year old  workshop, gave it a good clean and a lot of love, and created the Mitchell Harris Cellar Door and Wine Bar. It’s the place we call home, where we can share our love of winemaking and all good things to eat and drink with locals and visitors to our region.