There are some very pretty vineyards on the Peninsula, but Nazaaray Estate is a contender for the sweetest. Head down the conifer-lined driveway, past the modest rows of pinot and sav-blanc vines, until you chance upon two 1930s train carriages.

Perched on a hilltop overlooking Flinders, the carriages were transported and repurposed by Nirmal and Paramdeep Ghumman as guesthouses (and formerly the cellar door). In a former life winemaker Paramdeep was an engineer. But after experimenting with pinot as far back as 1996, he was lured into the vigneron trade in 1999.

These days, Nazaaray – which refers to “beautiful vision” in Persian – is still very much a small-scale affair, with just over two hectares of pinot noir, pinot gris, sauvignon blanc and shiraz on the estate. Paramdeep still makes all his wine by hand, and bottles it on site. His pinot is very much on-trend – naturally fermented in open vats, using only wild yeasts, then gently macerated by hand in a basket press. His pinot gris is produced in an Alsatian style: dry, rosy and mouth-wateringly acid.

Detailed descriptions are unnecessary, though; call in and Param will happily pour you a glass himself.

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Updated: February 13th, 2023

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