Eastern Peake, located 25km outside of Ballart, Victoria, began as a self-sustaining farm project for Dianne Pym and Norm Latta. They hadn’t intended on growing grapes, but a local newspaper was advertising a search for a new cool-climate Pinot Noir site. The classified was placed by Trevor Mast of Mt. Langhi fame, and when Dianne and Norm’s farm was selected a friendship, business, and mentorship began.
The first Pinot Noir vines were planted in 1983, followed by Chardonnay and eventually some Syrah (on their neighbour’s property). After ten years of growing grapes, Norm decided to try his hand at winemaking, with the encouragement of Trevor. When Norm suffered a concussion mid-vintage, their son Owen was thrust into the winery at the young age of 15. His experience cemented his desire to continue the family business. In 2018, Owen won Gourmet Traveller’s Young Winemaker of the Year.
Inspired by quantum agriculture, the farm is run by biodynamic principles. All wines are processed with indigenous yeasts, unfined and unfiltered. Their objective is to farm for the future, protect and enhance the soils, and the resulting bottle is simply a captured moment in time.