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Winemaker Enrique Diaz explains his fascination with the Torrontés grape variety and why he chose to bring it to Australia.

The story of the Torrontés is the reflection of a very intimate personal journey; a story which stems from the roots of my childhood and extends to my love for the land.

I was born and educated in Argentina. Early in my childhood I was introduced to the land – The Pampas of Argentina – by a relative of mine, Uncle Ernesto. I fondly recall my experiences in this new environment, a world away from the city life of Buenos Aires. Ernesto often remarked that the vast open landscape of the Pampas gave him a great sense of freedom. I sensed his love for the land. That philosophy has had a profound effect on me. I sought to be like him, to have a good life, a big family and to be liberated from the confines of the city. Since then, I have remained connected to the land, either directly or indirectly, in the many places I have lived and worked.

Naturally, given my background, I chose to ‘roll the dice’ in 2000 and imported two iconic varietals of Argentina – Malbec and Torrontés. To be sure, there were obstacles along the way, not least of which was the Millennium Drought. In addition, I encountered many difficulties from budburst to fruit setting and fruit maturation, which required me to adapt my viticultural practices. That is not to mention learning the winemaking practices that are unique to this varietal.

These challenges notwithstanding, I have now propagated and planted more than 2 acres (and counting) of Torrontés on our property – St Ignatius Vineyard. Much to my delight, the fruit is truly unique, with its distinctive floral aroma and apricot characters – and the vines remarkably productive. This is a journey that I have shared with my family – together we have aspired to do something that is genuinely authentic. In the process, we have created a business that invests in quality and strives to differentiate itself in the marketplace.

Taking advantage of our distinctive terroir, we are now embracing the challenge of adapting varietals that are characteristically Argentinian to the local Australian environment. In many ways, the most exciting part of the journey has just begun; that is, the point at which our ambitious plans come to fruition. In 2010, we released our first vintage of Torrontés, sold exclusively through our cellar door. Over the years we have fine-tuned the process and experimented with a novel frizzante style that is most popular amongst our loyal customers.

Interestingly, the origin of Torrontés has been an issue of broad-ranging discussion amongst many wine experts, but its relationship to the Europe Mediterranean Muscat is undeniable. A proof of this bond is its fragrant and unmistakable aroma, resembling roses, jasmine, and geranium, with occasional spicy essences. The first cultivation of Torrontés dates back from the times of the Spanish Conquistadors, and ever since it became one of the most cultivated grape varieties of Argentina. Recently, its use has been expanded to include sparkling and fortified wine, with excellent results in both cases.

Torrontés unique style matches with spicy food and Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai dishes. It also pairs marvellously with Northern Argentinean food, such as the typical empanadas and corn stew.

This article was published on Wine Showcase Magazine – December 2021 Issue

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Do you want to win a double pass to SPRING YVACCA?

We have 10 double day passes (valued $25 each) to the YVACCA Fair to give away to the first 10 participants!

For the chance to win a double pass, simply tell us which is your favourite St Ignatius wine? Write a Facebook review or visit us at the cellar door this weekend.

Yarra Valley Arts, Crafts & Antiques Expo at Yarra Glen Racecourse is just an hour’s drive from the centre of Melbourne. Come and see us on Saturday October 19th & Sunday October 20th, 2019.

The YVACCA Expo

Take the opportunity to observe highly skilled artisans including blacksmiths, jewellers and wood-turners at work.

You will find an amazing range of stalls offering the creations of hundreds of skilled workers offering everything from oil and water colour paintings, fine gold and silver jewellery, beautiful sculpture, leather goods including hand sown jackets and trousers, fine adult’s and children’s clothing and much, much more.

The Antiques

Come and browse 1000s of antique, collectable and vintage items being offered by sellers from Melbourne & interstate.

It’s amazing what you may find including antiquities from Georgian, Victorian & Edwardian times. Lots of great Art Nouveau, Art Deco & much more from the 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s.

The Fine Wine and beer Pavilion

Your taste buds will be tempted by the wines and beers on display

The produce of Victoria’s finest vineyards and craft breweries on display in the Fine Wine & Beer pavilion. Take the time to chat with the winemakers on site.

Remember to sample the gourmet delicacies on display and meet the passionate producers behind their wonderful products when you visit YVACCA Saturday October 19th & Sunday October 20th.

You are invited to follow the signs at YVACCA and explore the outstanding displays of  quality wines, beers and spirits produced by Victoria’s top winemakers and brewers.

Entry to The Fine Wine, Cheese & Beer Pavilion is restricted to persons 18 years of age and over. Proof of identity may be required. 

There is a $10.00 door charge for entry into The Fine Wine, Cheese & Beer Pavilion which includes carry bag, fine glass YVACCA tasting glass plus four tickets to AUTUMN YVACCA March 14 & 15 2020. Total value $45.00.


Have you ever had difficulty finding a quality wine that is unique and memorable?

How can you really tell when all the time it seems like you’re bombarded by wine medals, accolades, entry-levels and advertising, not to mention the opinions of wine writers and ‘connoisseurs’?

If you rely on these parameters, searching for that special wine can seem like an impossible decision. That’s why we think that you may be missing out on real quality.

Our business is an integral part of our life and this informs how we see the industry. The vineyard is more than just a viticultural operation and the wine making is more than just a controlled process.

At the same time, we believe that professional wine making and high standards of production are paramount. For that reason, our entire production is conducted in-house and we do not outsource any aspects of the business.

Therefore, our perception of quality wine is different to that of many other wineries.  We set our own standards and treat each wine uniquely – with every grape hand-picked and every bottle made to perfection. In this way, we endeavour to satisfy the taste of our customers.

So, as we navigate the confusion and attempt to distinguish between real quality wine and the façade thereof, what advice do we have for you?

Well, it’s simple – experience it for yourself. We believe in our product and we’re sure that you’ll be able to notice the difference. Then, we’ll let you decide which wines are really the best quality your money can buy.


Right from the beginning, our winery has been committed to producing wines for discerning consumers. These are the wine enthusiasts that seek out wines of remarkable character and unique complexion.

In pursuit of this vision, our family has been working very hard to establish a model vineyard and to produce sustainable harvests. The quality of our wine is a reflection of long term dedication, knowledge and innovation. Moreover, we are committed to benefiting the regional towns and people of Australia, where we have lived for more than 25 years.

Our focus is on each bottles’ content, as we aspire to exclusively produce premium wines. The philosophy is simple: high quality grapes, hand-picked from our single vineyard in Avoca, crafted into complex, full-bodied wines. We are a unique micro-winery, always exploring new ways of producing outstanding wines by researching novel wine-making processes.

By buying our wines you are purchasing a product of superior quality and supporting a sustainable business. We are determined to find the ‘discerners’ out there and that’s why quality is our guiding ethos. Join us at our cellar door and taste the difference for yourself!