Kel Boynton established his vineyard in 1988 with a belief in that the Alpine Valleys provided the ideal terroir and climate to experiment and grow a variety of different grapes.
When he came across the perfect site, it was an old horse paddock overgrown with blackberries, but Kel immediately saw the potential, not just for growing grapes, but for its appeal as a tourism destination, a place where people could relax in an unpretentious atmosphere and discover the elegance of hand crafted cool climate wines. It is a site blessed with incredible natural beauty – it overlooks the alpine peaks of Mt Buffalo, is surrounded by native forests, rolling hills and located on the Murray To Mountains Rail Trail.
Kel proceeded with determination and a list of 30 varietals that he wanted to grow and opened up the winery’s cellar door in 1989. It was the first winery in the Alpine Valleys.
Feathertop is synonymous with its passion for developing alternate varietals. Savagnin, Tempranillo and Vermentino to name a few, have all found their spiritual home in the Alpine Valleys. But you can also expect award winning traditional varieties like Shiraz, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Prosecco and a selection of fortified wines. No matter what time of year you visit, our friendly and professional team invite you to embark on a journey of varietal discovery; you just might be surprised at what you like!
At Feathertop we offer so much more than wine tastings. We strive to make your visit memorable for the whole family and we offer plenty of experiences to be enjoyed on our estate. We have a Providore offering relaxed dining options, accommodation, playground, cycle friendly facilities, a Summit Cru Wine Club that allows you to access our winery estate 7 days a week and 16 varietals of wine each year at our best prices; and we also cater for weddings and functions.
We want you to explore this website to discover what #feathertopmoment awaits you. Learn about a new variety of wine, come in for coffee and milkshakes after a family bike ride from Bright, or relax and pamper yourself in our boutique accommodation. Whatever your reason, we can’t wait for you to visit us.