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Meet the owners


In 1987 Bruce and Jo-Anne Lang purchased a horse paddock in Coldstream on which they built a house, planted a vineyard and raised a family. The vineyard scratched an itch that started during vacation employment in nascent Yarra vineyards during the 1970’s and progressed through subsequent vineyard interests in the Beechworth district in the early 1980’s.  However, Bruce & Jo-Anne’s desire was always to have their own Yarra Valley vineyard and when a block adjoining the historic Yeringberg became available the decision was made.  Today, Finestra continues to be family operated with assistance from daughter Kate, son James and their partners Steve and Georgina.  With head and hand as the production drivers, Finestra operates on a micro scale perhaps more common in Europe than Australia.  

The vineyard


Located on a gentle northerly slope at the foot of the Yeringberg hill, rising from 90 to120 metres above sea level. Vineyard soils are comprised of the grey loams that were so highly regarded by Francois de Castella and other Yarra Valley establishment vignerons in the 19th century.  Sub soil clay and mudstone provide valuable water retention for vines through the summer months.

Finestra’s vines were planted by family and friends in 1989 with subsequent plantings taking place in 1996.  A renovation programme is currently underway to ensure the longevity of original vine-stock and where appropriate some replacement with an enhanced varietal composition.

The vineyard is currently comprised of six acres including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Pinot Noir and Shiraz

Although not certified as organic or biodynamic the Langs are committed to maintaining a healthy and sustainable environment for their vineyard and home. Viticultural systems include the use of manual over mechanical processes wherever possible, a strict no pesticide usage policy, the encouragement of beneficial insects to support pest management and the provision of natural vegetation in vineyard surrounds to support microfauna.

 

The name

The name dalla mia Finestra is Italian for from my window. The family homestead and winery is surrounded by the vineyard and every day, Bruce and Jo-Anne look at their world from their window. Through years of travel, the Langs have developed a love for both the Italian culture and way of life and this somewhat influenced the name selection.