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Kooyong was established in 1995 by the Alyward family, but was bought by Giorgio and Diana Gjergja in 2004; they own the Port Philip Estate where Kooyong is located. Today their son Marco and daughter Melissa Gjergja have taken over the reins. The name Kooyong means “where the wild fowl gather”, and the property borders Devilbend Reserve, where many local waterbirds find a home. They are located in the Mornington Peninsula of Australia's state of Victoria, about an hour's drive south of Melbourne This is a cool, maritime climate area, in fact it is one of Australia's coolest wine growing regions. Here Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive, making wines with all the elegance and nuances you could expect from Burgundy. Kooyong's sustainably farmed vineyards are planted with a variety of clones at between 50 and 250 metres above sea level on three different sites, each subdivided into different plots with their own mesoclimate and soil type.
The 40 hectare Tuerong Vineyard is planted with Chardonnay and Pinto Noir, with small areas of Pinot Gris and Shiraz on sedimentary clay loams, resulting in robust, intensely flavoured wines.
The 9 hectare Red Hill Vineyard is planted on deep iron-rich red loam of volcanic origin with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and small plots of Sauvignon and Shiraz, making pure, bright and aromatic wines.
The Balnarring Vineyard has 11 hectares planted with Pinto Noir and Chardonnay on sandy clay loam soils, showcasing elegant wines.
The wines are meticulously made in their state-of-the-art winery with minimal intervention. They utilise native ambient yeasts for both spontaneous and malolactic fermentation. All the red wines are unfined and unfiltered and the whites are also unfined, and sometimes unfiltered. Their style is Burgundian. These are fresh and classic, site-specific wines. Kooyong have established a reputation as one of the Mornington Peninsula's top producers, making wines with detail and structure which express the terroir of each vineyard in this special headland of Australia.