We are a small team of passionate people who have gathered together to produce handcrafted wine using a mix of modern and traditional methods with a focus on sustainability and minimal mechanical intervention. We are Australian made, owned and operated vineyard and winery. Fraymond Lew leads the Rowanston team, working with Simon Glover who is a viticulturist and vineyard manager with 30 years of experience.
Our vigneron-winemaker Etienne Mangier, originally from the foothills of the French Jura region, graduated with a Masters in Oenology at ISARA Lyon. His vineyard and winemaking skills were planted during his time working in Sauternes, France, with his passion for winemaking taking him around the world before permanently immigrating to Australia in 2010. He has recently been awarded a position in the 2021 Top 50 Young Gun of Wine Awards.
We have a small number of additional team members who work in the vineyard, cellar door, and at the local farmers' markets.
History of Rowanston
Australian explorers Robert Burke & William Wills set out on their expedition from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria. The expedition, which included 19 men, 23 horses and 26 camels, travelled past Rowanston in August 1860.
The Andrew's family first settled and named the property Rowanston after the region they immigrated from in Scotland. Much of the Andrew’s Family legacy can still be seen today in the 160 year old bluestone walls that surround the vineyard.
The first vines were planted in 1995. The ancient volcanic soils hold moisture and develop white peppery characteristics in the red wines, whilst the cool nights and slow ripening period produce rich full fruit flavours.
Rowanston on the Track was founded in 2003 by the Frederiksen husband and wife team. Their years of experience in winemaking and viticulture established Rowanston wines as a respected part of the Macedon Ranges wine region.
Rowanston's 2010 Shiraz was chosen out of a world wide selection of wine for the Hong Kong Jockey Club as their 25th anniversary wine in 2013. Today, Rowanston continues to win many local & international awards.
The baton to carry on the estate as a family-owed vineyard was passed down to the Lew family in 2019. Working closely with a passionate team of people, they continue to grow the vineyard and winery.