Bannockburn winery Terra Sancta comprises two connected vineyards on Felton Rd, including the vineyard formerly known as Olssens.
Terra Sancta means sacred land, an indication of the respect new proprietors Mark Weldon and Sarah Eliott have for the estate that is host to the oldest vines in the Cromwell Basin. The design of the wine labels is rich in imagery from the estate itself, and inspired by the beauty and detail of antique maps.
Terra Sancta’s modernised cellar door retains its air of rural charm. It is set in a beautifully planted spot with plenty of room to picnic outside near the small lake. Picnic orders can be made with 24 hours’ notice.
There are currently five pinot noirs in the Terra Sancta range: the estate pinot, the second-tier Mysterious Diggings label and three premium single-block expressions – Jackson’s Block, Slapjack Block and Shingle Beach. White varietals produced are chardonnay, pinot gris and riesling.
Our picks Try the very fine pinot noirs crafted here by Oregon-born winemaker Jen Parr.
Plus On the tasting room wall you’ll notice a beautiful, framed map of the estate that has been designed using the same “olde world” motifs as the labels. This map is available in small format to visitors so they can explore the vineyards and see up close the source of the wines they are tasting.