It began with a huge area of land acquired by Ryrie-brothers which was named Yering and used mainly for cattle and little land for growing grapes. The winery’s ownership went into the hands of Paul de Castella and was turned from a cattle station into place for winemaking. It was once the largest vineyard in terms of area in Yarra Valley and on popular interest for visitors. The winery was also commemorated with Argus World Cup for best vineyard in Victoria in 1861.
During the turn of 20th century and later, it moved into various hands. In 1996, it was taken over by Rathbone family in which previously owned Laura Barnes Vineyard. This was an important turning point for the winery and was followed with the collaboration with Champagne Devaux to release Yarra bank cuvees and became hallmark in producing finest Australian Sparkling wines. Yering Station was joined by Willy Lunn as the chief winemaker in 2008.
Among the many accomplishments of the Yering Station wines is winning the ‘International Winemaker of the Year’ at International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2004.The winery was awarded the best cellar door award by Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine in 2014.
James Halliday, a popular wine critic, had also admired the use of global positioning system and advanced airborne technology for viticulture used by the winery. Another important achievement by the winery was when it received 5 red stars rating and entered in Top 100 Wineries list in James Halliday Wine Companion 2017 with its wines winning 97 points and 96 points for its Yering Station Reserve Shiraz Viognier and 2014 Yering Station Reserve Chardonnay respectively.
There are 3 more labels under the brand besides Yering Station – Xanadu, Mount Langi Ghiran and Yarra bank.
Xanadu – Xanadu winery was purchased by Rathbone family in 2005 and with this move they entered in the Margaret River region with the key idea in mind to grow Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and produce great wine. Backed with the philosophy of ‘guiding wines to bottle’, the winery won many trophies and medals over the years and James Halliday’s Wine of the Year in 2014.
Mount Langi – Known for its cool-climate Shiraz wines. Rathbone family purchased Mount Langi Ghiran in 2004 which was earlier owned by Trever Mast and family. Trever had taken Mount Langi to great heights with its ’94 vintage of Langi Shiraz and was also included in Langton’s Classification in Excellent Category.
Yarra Bank – Popular for its Sparkling wines. The vineyard in located in Devaux in Champagne region. The winemakers of the Yarra Bank visit the Champagne region every year to learn the intricacies of making great wine.