Stonier was established in 1978 when Brian Stonier and his wife Noel planted Chardonnay in the coastal town of Merricks in Victoria's Mornington Peninsular south-east of Melbourne, and what began as a hobby turned into a full-blown passion. The Mornington Peninsular is surrounded by water on three sides; the Bass Straight, Port Philip Bay and Western Port Bay, with no vineyard site further than 7 kilometres from the ocean. This cool maritime climate provides perfect conditions for premium Chardonnay. Pinot Noir followed in 1982 and, like Chardonnay, this variety shines in a cool climate and is renowned for its ability to express nuances created in the vineyard soils. Brian was one of the first vignerons in the Mornington Peninsula, pioneering the pristine climate with these noble grape varieties. Stonier now make wine from some of the oldest vines in the area, using the Burgundian model of expression of the vineyard site, reflecting the imprint of the terroir. In 2000 Stonier hosted the inaugural Stonier International Pinot Noir Tasting (SIPNOT). This was the first significant event involving trade and media, looking at the Pinot Noir grape variety in Australia from an international perspective and SIPNOT has become one of Australia's most esteemed celebrations of the variety. Stonier produce a stunning portfolio of wines, including three single vineyard Pinot Noirs (Merron's and Windmill, and W-WB derived from the Windmill Vineyard), and three single vineyard Chardonnays (KBS, Thompson and Gainsborough), as well as a Traditional Method sparkling wine. Stonier is now in the hands of Accolade Wines. Stonier are renowned for being one of the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers in Australia and have built a word-wide reputation on these two grape varieties, showcased in their dazzling collection of terroir-driven wines.