The world of wine is full of amazing stories, and Paringa Estate is one of them.
Lindsay McCall was a geography teacher in 1983 when a glass of Shiraz swooned him off his feet. One year later, he purchased a ten-acre plot of land in the cool-climate Mornington Peninsula to plant his own Shiraz — Paringa Estate was born.
A pioneer in the wine region, Lindsay struggled to find his rhythm but released the first commercial vintage in 1988. In 1990, the passionate winemaker finally left his teaching position to become a full-time winemaker. Awards and accolades flowed, and in 2007, Paringa has named the ‘Best Winery in Australia.’
The Mornington Peninsula is a stretch of land in Victoria with Port Philip to the west, the Western Port to the East and the Bass Strait to the south. The cold oceanic climate is ideal for growing elegant Chardonnay and smooth Pinot Noir grapes. It’s one of the southernmost wine regions in mainland Australia, which means abundant daylight to ripen the grapes, and cold winds to retain their acidity.
The region received its Geographical Indication Status (GI) in 1997, but winemakers have been developing the area since the 1970s. Today, along with another Victoria wine region, the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula is the source for the finest cold-climate wine regions in Australia.
Paringa Estate specialises in both white and red wines. Some of its most prestigious white wines are made with Riesling, Pinot Gris, the fragrant Viognier and, of course, Chardonnay. Pinot Noir and Shiraz represent the red wines, and the winery’s collection of single vineyards is amongst the most coveted.
Today, Lindsay’s son, Jamie, leads the winemaking efforts after studying viticulture and winemaking at the University of Adelaide and spending time in Oregon, a Pinot-specialised region. Paringa Estate is hands down one of the finest wineries in Australia, and their wines are at the same level as the most prestigious in the world.