Northern Hope Winery
Northern Hope Winery is owned by Richard (Eddie) and Samantha Edwards. Originally from Manchester UK, Sam has a background in digital advertising and Eddie has a background as a Creative Director within the retail sector… a far cry from being winemakers.
Making the move to Australia in 2012 was an absolute adventure and like so many ex pats we made St Kilda our new home. We soon established a love for Australian wine, visiting all the different wine regions and seeing the incredible passion within the industry. It seemed only fitting to give it a go ourselves. The Macedon Ranges was the most obvious choice for us, it’s cool climate, terroir and friendly community of wine makers just ticked all our boxes.
We purchased a perfect hillside property to grow premium wine grapes. The undulating site is north east facing with deep, fertile soil and a microclimate well suited to producing high quality fruit. Many other wineries in the area also see the potential of this terroir with Lanes End and Wilimee located just down the road.
Eddie has escaped the rat race and is working as a cellar hand for a local contract wine making facility to gain to hands on experience in wine making across all sorts of varietals. Over the last few years, we’ve also helped out with different vintages at local Macedon Ranges wineries, this has helped us to experience the different wine making techniques.
In 2018, we planted 1700 Pinot Noir MV6 clones, on a rolling slope with help from our friends and family. We’re very excited to see these vines grow and develop however as they will not be ready to produce grapes until 2022, we have sourced grapes from an established local Macedon Ranges Vineyard and this vintage will be ready to taste in November 2020 (just in time for Budburst Festival).