About Us & Awards
Chief Winemaker - Peter Bauer
Our Chief Winemaker, Peter Bauer, has worked at Dromana Estate over the last 10 years.
We have benefited from his wealth of knowledge and innovative winemaking skills. Peter meticulously crafts the ever popular Mornington Peninsula varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, along with other materials associated with our coastal & cool climate weather conditions.
Our Winemaking Principle
Wines made by Dromana Estate reflect their cool climate characteristics as much as they can. It is our belief that all wines are initially created in the vineyard, and to best reflect this, we use a minimal interference policy. our wines achieve that sense of time and place, or terroir, to use the French term.
Sustainability and Embracing Renewable Technology
Sustainable and environmentally friendly production of both wine and food is one of our main priorities.
Located on the Peninsula, by the coastline and amongst open woodlands with an abundance of wildlife, It is important that we protect and conserve our beautiful surrounding ecosystems and our home.
While viticulture requires a significant amount of water, All water we use is treated onsite. The recycled, A-Grade water, now at a drinkable standard, can be reused in the vineyard, restaurant, and throughout wine production.
In our restaurant we utilises evacuated tube hot water systems, which reduces the use of electricity or LPG. These developments have not only drastically decreased water waste, but protects nearby waterways from possibly toxic, untreated water.
We aim to be a pioneer in renewable energy with sustainable wine and food production and have installed a 99 kWh solar panel system to produce ALL electricity used in the vineyard, wine production, restaurant and other food production.
Protecting the Environment and Vegan Friendly
It is our belief that exceptional wines arise from great grapes and vineyard management.
We are always working to reduce our environmental impact by keeping the use of fungicides to the absolute minimum and endeavour to use organic options when available, resulting in beautiful, premium wines that are as sustainable and eco-friendly as we find possible.
We have always believed in using minimal preservatives throughout wine production, including during fermentation and filtering which allow the natural flavour of our wine to shine. In continuing efforts to improve, post 2019, no animal products have been used in any stages of our wine production, denoting our 2019 vintage and onwards vegan friendly.
Publisher and Author of Wine Orbit - Featuring Reviews of New Zealand Wines and Wines of the World
Sam Kim has been judging wine for the last 20 years at various wine competitions and magazines, including the New Zealand International Wine Show, The Royal Easter Show Wine Awards, the Spiegelau International Wine Competition, The Air New Zealand Wine Awards, The New World Wine Awards, New Zealand Aromatic Wine Competition, Marlborough Wine Show, Decanter Asia Wine Awards, Cowra Wine Show, and Cuisine Magazine.
Silver Medal Award - 2017 Tuerong Park Black Label Botyrtis Sauvignon Blanc
2018 Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association Wine Show
The Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association is the official industry association representing Mornington Peninsula wineries. The Mornington Peninsula Wine Show, held annually in October, supports excellence in the local wine industry.
Bronze Medal Award - 2017 Tuerong Park Black Label Botyrtis Sauvignon Blanc
2018 National Cool Climate Wine Show
The National Cool Climate Wine Show, held in Bathurst NSW, is the largest cool climate specific event of its kind in Australia. It has become the principal cool climate wine show since its conception in 1998, one of the largest premium wine shows held inland from a capital city.
Mornington Peninsula Winery of the Year
2017 Melbourne International Wine Competition
The Melbourne International Wine Competition is the only International Wine Competition where all the judges are real trade buyers who are judging the wine by category and actual price. The judges are buyers from top Pacific Region liquor stores, restaurants, hotels, and more.
Dromana Estate are privileged to be in a position where we can support our local community in many ways, from donating items for fundraisers to purchasing local produce for our restaurant.
We are passionate about our local growers, makers, bakers and producers and love to showcase what the Mornington Peninsula has to offer on our menu.
We are committed to the ongoing support of The Dolphin Research Institute based in Hastings and Variety Australia, as well as our local schools, sporting clubs and community fundraisers. Some of which include sponsorship of the Mornington Peninsula Pétanque club, Somers Primary School and Crib Point FC. We are particularly invested in supporting independent fundraisers that benefit our peninsula families on a personal level.