Giaconda vineyard was established by Rick Kinzbrunner, a mechanical engineer who became interested in wine in the early 1970's. Rick then spent the next ten years working in the industry, travelling and following his passion for wine. After a brief stint in New Zealand, he studied at Davis University in California and worked at some of the most respected wineries in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys (namely Stag's Leap, Simi and Matanzas Creek). In Europe he worked for the Moueix group in Bordeaux, co-owner of the fabled Chateau Petrus. After returning to Australia in 1980 to take up a position as assistant winemaker at Brown Brothers in Milawa, Rick purchased land in the nearby Beechworth wine region - at the foothills of the beautiful North-East Victorian Alps. Planting commenced in 1982 and the property is now devoted solely to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. A separate planting of Nebbiolo has also been established close to the Beechworth township at Red Hill. Total area under vines at the Giaconda Estate Vineyard is now 4 hectares. Annual wine production is approximately 2,500 dozen bottles. Rick’s son Nathan Kinzbrunner also works full time at Giaconda and has done so since the 2007 vintage. Since 2018 we are now fully certified organic by the Bio Dynamic Research Institute (BDRI).
What The Critics Say
95/100 The Real Review, Huon Hooke
"Medium to deep red colour with a good purple tint. The bouquet is black-fruited and earthy, spicy and oak-tinged, a little dry-red-ish perhaps and this translates through to a fuller-bodied palate with excellent tannin backbone. The oak is evident throughout and lends the wine extra spine and gravitas. There are graphite, mineral and sooty notes. The firm grip matches the concentration of flavour. Black cherry notes are also readily apparent. An impressively powerful, structured pinot with great cellaring potential. 14 MAY 2020." Drink 2020 - 2038
97/100 Halliday's Wine Companion, James Halliday (2017 vintage)
"In the tradition of Giaconda Estate Pinots, generosity is a subtext to red and black cherry fruit, the tannins underpin the length of a wine of great quality. The vintage  was perfect for pinot, giving the certainty of at least 10 years development of spice and violets amongst other secondary characters."
Jeremy Oliver, Australian Wine Annual (2017 vintage)
"Long and layered, slowly unfolding earthy, meaty scents of small berries, citrus oil, sweet cherries and underbrush. Becoming smooth and velvety, its pristine palate effortlessly combines small berry, plum and cherry flavour with tight-grained polished oak and slatey tannins, finishing with drive, balance and a savoury aspect."
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