Nat and Rosalie White 

Founders of Main Ridge Estate

Main Ridge Estate is the story of a successful, family-run boutique wine business.

Nat White is a pioneering Mornington Peninsula wine maker who 44 years ago gave up the security of a public service engineering job for a tiny Red Hill lemon orchard with no road access. Nat and Rose had the dream of creating a Burgundian style vineyard and winery in a location where the climate and suitability of wine varieties was uncertain. With limited capital and with huge toil and determination they gradually established Main Ridge Estate vineyard.

Nat’s renown as a winemaker grew steadily to the highest levels due to his ability to consistently extract greatness from the plot, based on his philosophies of using only estate grown fruit at low yields, and creating fault free, complex wines.

Nat is a legend of the Peninsula winemaking industry for the practical support and guidance he has given to innumerable successful winemakers, and for the collaborative wine community culture he and Rose fostered. In 2017 Nat was awarded an Order of Australia Medal awarded in 2017 for his services to the wine industry.

Nat continues as a mentor to James, and the Sexton and White families enjoy a warm relationship

Main Ridge Estate | Mornington Peninsula Winery | Cellar Door | Nat and Rosalie White

Nat and Rosalie White 

Founders of Main Ridge Estate

Main Ridge Estate is the story of a successful, family-run boutique wine business.

Nat White is a pioneering Mornington Peninsula wine maker who 44 years ago gave up the security of a public service engineering job for a tiny Red Hill lemon orchard with no road access. Nat and Rose had the dream of creating a Burgundian style vineyard and winery in a location where the climate was and suitability of wine varieties was uncertain. With limited capital and with huge toil and determination they gradually established Main Ridge Estate vineyard.

Nat’s renown as a winemaker grew steadily to the highest levels due to his ability to consistently extract greatness from the plot, based on his philosophies of using only estate grown fruit at low yields, and creating fault free, complex wines.

Nat is a legend of the Peninsula winemaking industry for the practical support and guidance he has given to innumerable successful winemakers, and for the collaborative wine community culture he and Rose fostered. In 2017 Nat was awarded an Order of Australia Medal awarded in 2017 for his services to the wine industry.

Nat continues as a mentor to James, and the Sexton and White families enjoy a continuing warm relationship

Main Ridge Estate | Mornington Peninsula Winery | Cellar Door | Nat and Rosalie White

A Short History of Main Ridge Estate

 

Here are some highlights from the past four decades:

1975  Nat and Rose purchased an affordable back block lemon orchard in Red Hill.

1976  Progressive experimental plantings of 7 grape varietals, over 3 hectares.


1978  
Flinders Shire approves construction of the Main Ridge Estate winery.


1979  
First vintage – 20 litres pressed through a moulis at Nat and Rose’s Mt Eliza home.


1980  
First commercial vintage at MRE and first cellar liquor license granted on the Mornington Peninsula.


1981  
First release: Pinot Meunier $5.50, Pinot Noir $5.60, Cabernet $6.50.


1983  
Early recognition – gold medals at Lilydale Wine Show.


1987  
Nat graduates from Charles Sturt, as Bachelor of Wine Science.


1992  
MRE wines launched in the UK at a banquet at Harewood House.


2002  
Australian Wine Vintages award 5 Gold Stars to MRE Chardonnay
             “…among the great wines of the world.”


2007  
Qantas selects Main Ridge Estate for first class cabins.


2008  
Half Acre recognised as ‘1 in a 100’ by Wine Business Monthly.


2010  
Langton’s Classification of ‘Excellent’ awarded to Half Acre Pinot.


2012  
Entire 2011 Pinot vintage discarded, failing to meet MRE standard.


2014  
Langton’s Classification of ‘Oustanding’ for Half Acre Pinot Noir.


2015  
Half Acre – listed as an ‘Australian Icon’ in Gourmet Traveller.


2015  
Nat and Rose retire after 40 years.  MRE sold to the Sexton family.

A Short History of Main Ridge Estate

Here are some highlights from the past four decades:

1975  Nat and Rose purchased an affordable back block lemon orchard in Red Hill.

1976  Progressive experimental plantings of 7 grape varietals, over 3 hectares.

1978  Flinders Shire approves construction of the Main Ridge Estate winery.

1979  First vintage – 20 litres pressed through a moulis at Nat and Rose’s Mt Eliza home.

1980  First commercial vintage at MRE and first cellar liquor license granted on the Mornington Peninsula.

1981  First release: Pinot Meunier $5.50, Pinot Noir $5.60, Cabernet $6.50.

1983  Early recognition – gold medals at Lilydale Wine Show.

1987  Nat graduates from Charles Sturt, as Bachelor of Wine Science.

1992  MRE wines launched in the UK at a banquet at Harewood House.

2002  Australian Wine Vintages award 5 Gold Stars to MRE Chardonnay
             “…among the great wines of the world.”

2007  Qantas selects Main Ridge Estate for first class cabins.

2008  Half Acre recognised as ‘1 in a 100’ by Wine Business Monthly.

2010  Langton’s Classification of ‘Excellent’ awarded to Half Acre Pinot.

2012  Entire 2011 Pinot vintage discarded, failing to meet MRE standard.

2014  Langton’s Classification of ‘Oustanding’ for Half Acre Pinot Noir.

2015  Half Acre – listed as an ‘Australian Icon’ in Gourmet Traveller.

2015  Nat and Rose retire after 40 years.  MRE sold to the Sexton family.

 

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+61 3 5989 2686

Website

www.mre.com.au

Email

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Location

80 William Road
Red Hill, Victoria, 3937

 

Trading Hours

Open every weekend Noon to 5pm, Friday to Sunday and most Public holidays.
Last Wine Tastings commence at 4.45pm.