The Vineyard

Intent on creating new world versions of his favourite Italian wines, Mario sought a property where he could grow the Nebbiolo and Sangiovese varieties in Australia. 

In search of the ideal terroir, Mario visited Heathcote and became convinced that the ancient Cambrian soils of the Mount Camel Range with its well-drained soils, temperate climate and evenly distributed rainfall, would suit these Italian red varieties, as well as the Shiraz grape for which Heathcote is renowned. 

Formerly a large sheep-grazing property, the 49.50 hectare plot was planted with 7 hectares of vines in 2000 and 2001. Mario oversaw the importation of Italian grape clones, together with the planting of newer clones already available in Australia. 

The first release of the Vinea Marson Syrah and Sangiovese occurred in 2004. 

In 2005 a dry style Rosé made predominantly from Sangiovese, was first produced and 2009 saw the release of our estate-grown Viognier. In recent years, a Prosecco and an Italian style white blend, the Grazia, have been added to the Vinea Marson range, made with fruit grown in the Alpine Valleys in north-eastern Victoria. 

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Our Story

Vinea Marson is a small, family owned and operated winery in the heart of Heathcote in Central Victoria.

Our inspiration stems from Mario’s Italian heritage – Mario’s grandfather made Friulano, Cabernet and Merlot and his great-grandfather was chief winemaker for the local padrone. His father, Giuseppe, planted rows of vines in their Melbourne backyard to bring Italian wine to the dinner table each night. Making wine and serving it with plentiful Italian food was a Marson way of life. 

Mario and Helen together with their daughters, Laura, Madeleine and Emily, embarked upon their own journey - establishing Vinea Marson. Since 2000 the Marson family have cultivated vines in the ancient soils of Heathcote with dedication and passion, bringing premium quality wine to tables in Australia and overseas.

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