Nestled along the banks of the Victoria's Loddon River, down the Old Bridgewater-Serpentine Road, Turners Crossing Vineyard rests amongst a pristine landscape not far from the tiny settlement of Serpentine. Our vineyard was established in 2002, and has been family owned and operated since the beginning by the Bennett family.
Philip Bennett came across this beautiful parcel of land near Bendigo where the perfect balance of warm days and cool nights blend to create a climate in which the grapes can ripen during the day and recover overnight. After intensive soil testing and irrigation planning, preparations and extensive planting began. The vines were trellised amongst the soil and Turners Crossing was born.
Recently certified sustainable, the vineyard is spread across 42 hectares of limestone infused soil and is virtually pesticide and chemical free. Turners Crossing produces a combination of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier and the rare Italian variety, Picolit.
Our vines are spur-pruned and bud numbers are calculated to deliver low yields, with quality fruit as they thrive in a bed of well-drained, red sandy clay topsoil and a sub-soil of red light-to-medium clay containing limestone pebbles.
The family heritage continues at Turners Crossing with the recent appointment of Phil's daughter Jean McKinnon as custodian of this beautiful piece of Australian land.
The Turners Crossing range of wines includes its premium red wine The Crossing Shiraz, a Shiraz Viognier blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Block 25 Cabernet Shiraz blend, a Viognier single varietal white wine, Rose made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and the rare but delightful Picolit dessert wine.
Since Turners Crossing’s first vintage, Australian wine writer James Halliday has consistently rated our wines between 91 and 96 points and has distinguished it as a 5 Star wine producer since 2007.
Rich in history, the Turners Crossing name honours former local publican, Thomas Turner, who purchased land at this site in 1868.
"The land bears the well-trodden footprints of farmers who used this passage to cross the river, from the mid-to-late 1800s and we are grateful to be the today's custodians of this beautiful plentiful piece of Australian land"
— Phil Bennett
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