Summer 2017/18 Newsletter

Posted: December 01, 2017 Category: Newsletters

"Hello from the prettiest place in Victoria, perhaps Australia. We have just witnessed the latest start to spring in the 30 years I have been growing grapes in and around Bright. My vines generally burst their buds around the 21st of September with the earliest being the 16th and the latest being the 26th. This year it was the 8th October! People were still snow skiing in October! My guess is that this lateness will follow on right through the growing season until harvest. Just when we were getting used to early vintages (harvests) and global warming, the weather gods throw in a couple of cool yorkers to confuse everybody."

Kel Boynton


Coming to Feathertop this Summer! Introducing the Peak To Creek Summer Ale

Posted: October 04, 2017 Category: Latest News Comment: 0

So what do you do when you can't hack back to back skiing and the kids can? You retreat to Blizzard Brewery at Dinner Plain and plant the seeds for a collaboration beer project before the lifts have closed!

Blizzard Brewery is the highest brewery in Australia and with the crystal clear water at the source - what a sensational platform to create beer. Our wine label, Feathertop, draws its inspiration from nearby Mount Feathertop, Victoria’s second highest peak.  With these common synergies (and yes coming out of a few shared lagers this winter when Janelle needed to retreat from the slopes); it gives us great pleasure to announce that we have joined forces with Blizzard Brewery to create our very own Summer Ale called “Peak to Creek.”

For many years we collaborated with Mildura Brewery to create a Boyntons label and we know many of our customers have a strong appreciation for craft beer as well as beautifully made hand crafted wines.  We hope this collaboration with Blizzard Brewery enables you to enjoy the best of both worlds!

Exclusive Preorders for members are OPEN NOW!

For a limited time we are giving our Summit Cru Wine Club members the opportunity to preorder a 24 can carton delivered with your November case. At $95 per 24 that's less than $4 a can you can sit back and relax at home with a truly North East regionally produced craft beer – influenced from peak to creek. At 4.6% Alc/Vol, this approachable, crisp, clean and fresh drop is an Ale but drinks like a Pilsner and is as refreshing as the cool snow melt that trickles down from Mount Feathertop!

To preorder email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Payment is not required until your November case order is processed (late November).

Pre orders close 27 October 2017, and there are no limits on the number of cases you can order, so please order here or phone the winery directly on 03 5756 2356 with queries.

Want to know more on how this collaboration came about? Watch this video where Janelle interviews Mark and Chris at Blizzard.


Spring 2017 Newsletter

Posted: September 18, 2017 Category: Newsletters

"Pruning is all but finished. There is still some wrapping down of canes to do, some wires to re-tension and some posts to ram in and then we are all done for another year and the vines can start their spring growth which I find magical. What I can tell you after pruning is there will be ample Nebbiolo this year to make a good volume, enough to satisfy our Summit Cru Wine Club members plus a bit more to go through cellar door. Of course that won’t be until 2019. Good wine takes time. We will also get a decent amount of Fiano which is exciting, our first off our own vines. On a smaller scale we will get just enough to make a tiny bit of Montepulciano and Verdejo. These two new varieties in the Feathertop
portfolio hold great potential so it will be with extreme interest to see what harvest brings. Life is never dull!"

Kel Boynton

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Winter 2017 Newsletter

Posted: June 24, 2017 Category: Newsletters

"Vintage started off a bit later than it has for the past several years but nowhere near where it was twenty years ago. Global warming has made a huge difference to harvest dates here in the cool Alpine Valleys. From starting in April in the 1990s to February 20 years on. Anyway this vintage started in March and the fruit of the early varieties was nothing short of exceptional. Then it rained! And then it rained again! That’s how it was for the remainder of the harvest. Diseases associated with the wet were not a problem in our vineyard as we had been very vigilant with our fungus preventative spray program. Eventually we got all the varieties in at close to the desired sugar levels, but I hasten to add the flavours were early and amazing. Summary – a good vintage, not exceptional. My pick for this year was the Sangiovese, the Shiraz, and the Riesling. Time will tell the true story."

Kel Boynton

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Feathertop now offers visitors the chance to have the keys to their own private winery estate

Posted: June 19, 2017 Category: Latest News Comment: 0

A message from Kel and Janelle Boynton, owners of Feathertop:

On behalf of the team at Feathertop, we are delighted to announce our next exciting chapter.

As a regional business we feel very fortunate that over the past two decades, we have been developing all aspects of Boyntons into Feathertop. Successfully we have re branded, established onsite accommodation and functions, replaced national wholesale and export with direct sales to our Summit Cru wine membership community.

So to enhance the experiences on site we have we have made the decision to bring forward our private membership model to develop our property to host our Summit Cru Wine Club members.

What does this mean?
o    Feathertop is open 7 days for our Summit Cru Wine Club members by appointment   

o    Our Feathertop onsite food and wine experiences (cellar door, restaurant and deli) are open to the general public from 11:00am Friday through to Sunday, public holidays with extended trading days during school holidays.  

o    We are also delighted to be able to offer tailored experiences to members of the public by appointment.  

Like our new sign at our gates says:

Welcome to Feathertop
We are a private winery estate open for our Summit Cru Wine Club members by appointment 7 days a week. Please call 5756 2356 and our concierge team will be delighted to open the gates and organise a Feathertop experience for you and your guests (or anytime during your stay in the valley.)
If you are not a Summit Cru Wine Club member, the cellar door and restaurant are open to the general public Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am, and also public and school holidays (except Christmas Day).
To book our accommodation, purchase our wines, enquire about private winery experience packages or make a group booking, please give us a call, or visit

Our team has carefully created a range experience products that we think capture the ultimate food, wine and nature based activities that visitors  can do at the winery. These experiences will be available for everyone to book on our website, so it will now be even more convenient for visitors to organise their ultimate Feathertop experience from home! We will announce these in the coming months.   

We thank you for your ongoing support of Feathertop and look forward to continuing our wine community with you. If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us on 03 5756 2356.

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