Norton Estate Wines

Chris & Sam Norton Wines

Norton Estate Wines

758 Plush Hannans Rd, Lower Norton, Victoria, Australia (via Horsham)
Chris Spence 


Norton Estate was established 25 years ago, in 1997 when the Spence family decided to purchase a small farm at Lower Norton, 15 kilometres southwest of  Horsham.

The property stood out from the rest of the Wimmera plains in that it was on undulating hills, with loamy buckshot top soils, over deep red sandy clay layers with fragmented limestone and an elevation high enough to be frost free, creating a great site for premium wine grape production.

Due to this unique occurrence and a love for great wine, Wendy, Don and their son Chris, decided to try their hand at producing wine grapes, so the first hectare of Shiraz was promptly planted. The early quality of this first planting surprised even the staunchest critics, encouraging further plantings.

Over the next few years Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and more Shiraz were planted and the fruit quality produced proved excellent, and with the quality of the wines produced, establishing Norton Estate as a producer of some of Australia’s finest boutique wines.

The success of these wines encouraged owners Chris and Sam Spence, to expand the vineyard further, and have now doubled their Sauvignon Blanc plantings as well as planting 2 acres of a very rare red wine grape, which is called “Norton”. This American variety was cultured in by Dr Daniel Norton in Richmond Virginia, some 200 years ago and produces some wonderful wine. Norton Estate is the second vineyard in Australia to plant the Norton variety, and the only planting of it in Victoria.  Chris and Sam have also developed a wonderful cellar door with alfresco decks and a large lawn area, and invite you to come and relax and taste their range of award winning wines, while enjoying one of Sam’s delicious platters.

Opening hours

Cellar Door Trading Hours 11.00am till 5pm Saturday – 11.00am till 4.00pm Sundays and most public holidays

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