After many tough years share-farming tobacco crops with his father Marcello, John and his wife Helen first planted out their vineyard in 1978. Just 2800 vines were first planted on just four acres of their Whitfield farm, mainly Riesling. It’s not about being the biggest grower but striving to be the best. Today this beautiful, contoured vineyard delivers grapes for some of Redbank’s premium wines including the much acclaimed Sunday Morning Pinot Gris. John and his son Johnny work closely together (often with a few fiery disagreements fuelled no doubt by their Italian genes) in caring for this show-piece vineyard. Not content to sit back on their achievements the Cavedon’s have embarked on a new adventure…780 oak trees which have been inoculated with Truffles and are now good neighbours to the rows of vines. If you’re fortunate to visit you can be assured of a warm welcome, a glass of good wine and some Italian dish Helen has created from Nonna Cavedon’s original recipes.
- Location Peipers Lane, Whitfield
- Altitude 550m
- Pinot Gris
- Sauvignon Blanc
Planted in 1978 this is one of the oldest vineyards in the region. A beautiful, amphitheatre vineyard bordered by natural forest and bushland that has an almost terraced landscape and offers views of the surrounding Whitfield area. The vineyard produces grapes with classic fruit-driven structure and minerality. Owners John and Helen Cavedon have also planted a truffle plantation, which is now producing beautiful truffles.
Over the years we have fostered a strong relationship with John and Helen, who host many of our own guests as well as our viticulturist Nick Dry and winemaker Marc van Halderen. John and Helen generously utilise their wood fired pizza oven and feed guests homemade Italian smallgoods and other mouth-watering Italian dishes. John and Helen supply fruit for Redbank Sunday Morning Pinot Gris, Redbank Ellora Vintage Chardonnay Pinot Noir, Redbank Prosecco and Redbank Emily.