Our Wine

NEBBIOLO is our sole focus at Virago, along with the promotion of Beechworth as a unique wine region. With the exception of our La Mistura wines, each Virago Nebbiolo vintage receives identical vinification at the winery in order to showcase the effect of our viticultural practices each year (and mother nature’s influence!)  Our La Mistura label is reserved for vintages in which our harvest required a bit of “mixing it up” in the winery.


Australian Wine Companion – Virago Nebbiolo 2015

James Halliday, 1st August 2019

Australian Wine Companion gave our 2015 Virago Nebbiolo a 95 rating.

“The perfumed bouquet has temple spices and incense, rose petals and more. The palate is quite exceptional in its wondrous line of dark, blood-red, flavours, leather and undergrowth. Yet above all this there is the sour cherry/morello cherry and firm, but ripe, tannins, alcohol playing no role.”

James Halliday, published 01 August 2019

Oz Wine Review – Virago Nebbiolos

Andrew Graham, 4 January 2018

Read the original review on www.ozwinereview.com

I first tasted the Virago wines back in 2015, describing it as a ‘label to watch’. After retasting the range now in 2018, I’m noting that down as a great call – these are some of the best Nebbiolo-based wines in the country. It’s great just to find good local Neb at all, really. Such a capricious variety, that rarely looks good outside of Italy.

The reason why these wines work is the detail. The Virago Vineyard features five different clones, planted on a NW facing slope in Beechworth, the vines tended by hand at every part of the process by Karen Coats and Prue Keith. Rick Kinzbrunner (Giaconda) makes the wines, with extensive skin contact in tank, basket-pressing and maturation in large, 1,600 litre oak – all A1 Nebbiolo handling.


Wine Reviewer – Virago Nebbiolo 2012

Patrick Eckel, 13 February 2017

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Virago Nebbiolo 2012

“A slightly more opulent and fuller wine when compared to the debut 2011 release, but it is in no way missing structure or complexity that the Nebbiolo grape is known for. The nose has undergrowth with dark cherry and decaying rose petal that will continue to evolve over time. The palate is all about structure at this point in it’s development with a web of drying tannins that’s interjected by tangy dark cherry that dries the mouth and prepares you for the next sip, the finish has a touch of kirsch liquor with blackberry and background oak adding dimension and contrast to the wines more savoury notes.” WINE RATING: 93

Wine Reviewer – Virago Nebbiolo 2011

Patrick Eckel, 13th February 2017

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Virago Nebbiolo 2011

“Impressive packaging, and even more impressive contents. 2011 will go down in folklore as such an incredibly tough vintage, however whether it be variety, site, expert viticulture, winemaking or a little luck this is a great release that is showing all it’s complexities after 5 years in bottle. The wines come from a tiny vineyard that has a little over 2000 vines planted, with the wines then produced by none other than Rick Kinzbrunner. In terms of colour the wine has light to medium red colour with great clarity, the nose abounds with rose petals, crunchy undergrowth and is afforded delicate french oak overtones to finish. An elegant, textural and moreish wine that enjoys the interplay between juicy acidity, touches of baking spice from oak and drying, dark cherry and plum fruit that have a veneer of fine, drying tannins and a considerable, crunchy, dark berry fruited finish.”WINE RATING: 95

The Winefront – Virago Nebbiolo 2011

Campbell Mattinson, 18th January 2017

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Virago Nebbiolo 2011

“This Beechworth nebbiolo was released a couple of years ago – it’s not the current release – but it’s interesting to see how it’s travelling. It was of course a challengingly cool/wet year. Pretty aromatics but the palate is reckoned with flavour and, moreso, tannin. The varietal stamp here is distinct. Leather, undergrowth, fresh cherries, twigs and earth. Complex and forceful at once. It sits in broody judgement as it rests in the glass – or so it seems. Impressive. Needless to say: it’s travelling well” Rated : 92 Points

The Winefront – Virago La Mistura Nebbiolo 2013

Campbell Mattinson, 26 January 2017

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Virago La Mistura Nebbiolo 2013

“In the words of this Beechworth winery: “La Mistura is Virago’s second label, reserved for those vintages that provide a challenge in the vineyard, as 2013 definitely offered up. We chose the name La Mistura (the mixture), as a result of our original plan to blend this vintage with Shiraz (as in 2010) or Cabernet Sauvignon to give it more fruit intensity and structure, However, after 2.5 years of ageing, La Mistura proved that she could stand on her own!” 

There’s a tough, sinewy aspect to this wine, not out-of-place in the context of either nebbiolo or the craggy old lands of the Beechworth region. This boot of nebbiolo was made for walking. It tastes of leather and campfire, dark cherry and crushed, decaying roses. You could say that it’s light, because the mid-palate is not heavy, but you could also say that it’s not to be messed with, because the finish feels sturdy and dependable. There’s also a glimpse of orange-rind to the aftertaste; nice work if you can get it. As a four-year-old this nebbiolo shows signs of development, and is excellent drinking now. It may even be on its best-drinking plateau. But you also wouldn’t imagine that it’s going anywhere in a great hurry from here. It’s priced to sell/drink.” Rated : 91 Points