Welcome to Swipers Gully
Swipers Gully was established by ELTHAM College in 2002. Our aim was to create a boutique winery with an emphasis on producing small quantities of premium wine. All of our wines are produced exclusively from hand-picked fruit, grown and cared for at our Kangaroo Ground vineyard.
Our vineyard is located on a 20 acre site on which the vines currently occupy approximately 5 acres. Part of the site is blessed with a dark volcanic soil whilst the majority is clay based shale. Our oldest vines were planted in 1992 and we currently grow a selection of grape varieties including cabernet, shiraz, chardonnay, merlot, pinot and verduzzo vines.
Our first vintage was planned to commemorate ELTHAM College’s 30th anniversary in 2003. The 2003 grape crop was as unique as the College itself. 2002/3 was a severe drought year resulting in grapes that were significantly compromised producing a highly distressed harvest. The result however, although small in quantity, was absolutely unique in quality.