The Wine

NEBBIOLO is our sole focus at Virago. We currently have three unique vintages available in our online cellar. The 2013 La Mistura Nebbiolo is a delicate wine, a perfect introduction for first time Nebbiolo drinkers. The 2012 Virago Nebbiolo is a big, bold, fruit driven Australian Nebbiolo. The 2011 Virago Nebbiolo is an aromatic floral wine that illustrates the commonly described semblance between Nebbiolo and Pinot Noir.

2013 – La Mistura Nebbiolo

A vibrant Nebbiolo that imparts a sweep of red cherry, with a rose garden aura, perfectly structured with a finely poised tannic grip. La Mistura is a light-bodied, approachable Nebbiolo, making it a pleasure to drink now, with or without food. ORDER FROM OUR ONLINE CELLAR


2012 – Virago Nebbiolo

Warm summer days and cool nights, revitalizing rain though out the season….the 2012 is a reflection of near perfect growing conditions. The 2012 Virago has a haunting aromatic complexity, with flavours of dark cherry and dried herbs, supported by a fine savoury tannic backbone.  ORDER FROM OUR ONLINE CELLAR

REVIEWED by Jancis Robinson 26th January 2016

Pale blackish ruby – correct colour for a Nebbiolo! Sweet and fresh on the nose with correct rose petals on the nose – a bit gentler than the average Piemontese Nebbiolo (like the Giaconda version) but very pretty and true to variety. Clean, dry tannins on the finish. Very vigorous and appetising. You could enjoy this already – even, possibly, without food. It has real lightness. 14% Drink 2015-2019 AU$45  Rating 16.5/20

REVIEWED by Andrew Graham 24th November 2015

“Now here is a label to watch. From a vineyard planted in 2007 in Beechworth that is tended by ex-tax accountant Karen Coats and orthopaedic surgeon Prue Keith. Wine is made by Rick Kinzbrunner at Giaconda. Karen has almost finished a masters in Wine Science (like me) and this is very much her baby. Red brown with a little brick, there’s a lovely truffle and red earth nose here, the lithe palate elegant and yet with a juicy middle, it’s just a little light on the tannins, but driven by lovely glacé fruit. Just a bit more varietal intensity and this will be a star. Great packaging too.” Drink: 2015-2025. 17.5/20, 91/100. 14%, Cork, $45. “Would I buy it? I’d share a bottle.”

REVIEWED by Campbell Mattinson WINEFRONT 6th June 2015

“…It’s beautifully structured. It’s tangy and leathery and black-cherried, with sprays of herbs and woody spice notes. It almost tastes “bunchy”. Acidity runs more into orange and tangerine than into lemon. Tannin is rusty, earthen, appropriately firm but well massaged. In all it’s a wine of much promise, and marks the estate as one to follow.” Rated : 92 Points, Alcohol : 14%, Price : $45, Closure : Cork, Drink : 2016 – 2022+

2011 – Virago Nebbiolo

The initial bouquet includes rose petals, sun dried fruits and herbs. A complex vanillin aroma hides in the background. An hour after opening, the bouquet developed into dusty glazed cherries, rose petals and some earthy funk characteristics. An amazing transformation. The palate dances and flitters on the taste buds. It surfs easily over the palate, with supporting tannins and acidity. The 2011 is drinking beautifully right now, and is benefited by an hour or so in a decanter. Can be cellared for at least five more years.


We have a limited supply of the 2011, for those yet to try it, or those who want more! ORDER FROM OUR ONLINE CELLAR

2012 Analisse Chardonnay

With north and south facing slopes, ancient granite soils, mild climate and the growing recognition of excellence of nearby vineyards, Serengale Vineyard is the perfect site to produce unique wines that are made to be shared. We are pleased to share the 2012 Analisse chardonnay with our customers that walk on the white side. ORDER FROM OUR ONLINE CELLAR

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The News & Reviews

VIC100 Festival of Wine: We are thrilled to announce that our 2012 Virago Nebbiolo has been selected as one of Victoria’s top 100 wines for 2016. Australian Wine Companion has given our 2011 Virago Nebbiolo a 94!       NEBBIOLO – LIFTING THE FOG Published in AUSTRALIAN MEDICINE –  16 May 2016 By Dr […]

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The Vignerons

Karen Coats was a tax accountant in her previous life, but her passion for Nebbiolo and the Beechworth wine region have made Virago Vineyard her new office of choice. Karen is one course away from adding a Bachelor of Wine Science to her degree collection. Prue Keith is an orthopaedic surgeon by day, night, and weekend, and […]

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The Winemaker

Rick Kinzbrunner at Giaconda needs no introduction to Chardonnay lovers in Australia (and the world). The most rewarding day of the year at Virago is the day that we drive our ute up the Beechworth road to the Giaconda winery with bins full of our Nebbiolo grapes! Rick may be best known for his Giaconda Chardonnay and […]

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The Vineyard

First planted in 1945 by a local Italian vigneron, and then purchased and expanded by Brown Brothers in 1950, Virago Vineyard has a long viticultural history, in Australian terms.  Unfortunately, only the terracing remained from the original vineyards, our two thousand Nebbiolo vines were planted in 2007. Virago Vineyard is planted on a moderately inclined, […]

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The Grape

Tantalising, intensely aromatic, robust tannins, rose petals, autumn undergrowth, haunting bouquet, savoury, all describe this unique grape variety. Nebbiolo is considered by most to be Italy’s most noble red grape, often called the “King of Italian Wines”. The Piemonte region of northern Italy is the viticultural home of Nebbiolo, with history dating back to at least […]

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