By Farr 'Farrside' Geelong Pinot Noir 2019



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Each vintage of Farrside pinot noir exhibits more masculinity, structure and savoury components, while deep meaty, spicy and mineral flavours also continue to evolve. A balanced array of red and black fruits, Farrside pinot noir is fresh and edgy with bucketloads of character. This is a firm yet delicate wine with a long-textured finish.

Why we love it: Consistently high quality wines across the range
Drink with: Medium rare Rib Eye





Medium Bodied

Blend Info.
Pinot Noir
Alcohol by Vol.
Bottle Vol.
Serving Temp.
12 - 17 °
Now - 2027


The Farr estate is located in the Moorabool Valley; a picturesque locale dotted with farms, dairies and vineyards, situated between Geelong and Ballarat, 100km southwest of Melbourne. Swiss settlers first planted vines in the area in the early 1800s, which were then destroyed by the Phylloxera virus. Gary Farr has worked all over the globe as a winemaker, starting at Bannockburn Winery in 1978, before heading over to Domaine Dujac in Burgundy, the Rhȏne Valley, and Oregon and California.

A return to the Moorabool Valley saw Gary purchase land in 1994, on which he planted pinot noir chardonnay, spurred on by his experiences in Burgundy and seeing what incredible wines they could make there. Gary quickly gained a reputation as a superb winemaker, due to his desire to create elegant, perfumed wines that are earthy and savoury.

Old and New World Practices

In 2009, Gary’s son Nick took over as chief winemaker, having also worked at wineries in Burgundy, Oregon and California, and closer to home at Rosemount in the Hunter Valley. Nick’s journey as a winemaker is grounded in Old World and New World practices, which he uses to great effect in his wines.

By Farr Wine

While other wineries may have different ranges from the cheap and easy-drinking to more expensive bottles, By Farr is in the premium bracket, with an assortment of wines made from estate vineyards of viognier, chardonnay, pinot noir, gamay and shiraz. By Farr’s flagship wines are: the Tout Pres Pinot Noir, a blend of six clones over three slopes; the RP Pinot Noir, named in honour of Gary’s wife, Robyn; and the GC Chardonnay, named after Gary. Farr Rising is Nick’s own label, offering a rosé, chardonnay, pinot noir, gamay and shiraz.

By Farr aren’t open to the public and don’t have a cellar door, so gaining access to their wines can be tricky. Thankfully you can purchase them here.


Victoria Wine Region Australia

Boasting the title of ‘most diverse’ wine region in Australia, Victoria’s vintners know their wine. Despite being the smallest mainland state, Victoria wine regions, Australia boasts the most wine regions out of all the Australian states. It houses a plethora of individual wineries, producing some of Australia’s best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. As well as Fortified wine, Riesling, Shiraz and Sparkling Wines.

For more information on the Victoria wine region click here.

History of the Wine Regions

In fact, back in the 1880’s Victoria was Australia’s largest wine producer. However, outbreaks of Phylloxera (aphid like insects that inject venom into the roots of grapevines) and a focus on gold saw wine production in the state grind to a halt. In the 1970s, Victoria’s wine industry enjoyed a resurgence. This was led by a new generation of talented winemakers keen to take advantage of the diverse climate and soils available in the region.

Pinot Noir Production

The world renowned Yarra Valley wine region, is located just an hour from the state’s capital, Melbourne. The region is best known for its Pinot Noir, being that it is the most planted grape and occupies over 36% of vines in the region. The Yarra Valley boasts huge variations in elevation, climate and even soil types, allowing winemakers to be able to produce single vineyard wines that are notable for being unique to their sites.

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