The Ridgemill Estate Winery Story

Ridgemill Estate Owner Martin Cooper Ridgemill Estate Owner Martin Cooper

Our vineyard in Severnlea began life as Emerald Hill

Established in 1998 by Spanish couple, Tom and Cath Jimenez. At the time their vision to experiment with alternative varieties was iconoclastic for the region – a tradition continued today at Ridgemill Estate.

Ridgemill Estate Today

Fast forward to 2004, leading Brisbane project manager, Martin Cooper, was contracted to manage the development of the Queensland College of Wine Tourism. While building the college, he’d developed a love for the landscape, the lifestyle and the wines of the Granite Belt. During his opportunities to explore he stumbled across Emerald Hill. Martin was drawn to its natural beauty and the great promise of its wines. Seven days later the Cooper family purchased the property.

ridgemill estate – came about when Martin and friend, the late international designer David Winter, enjoyed a few too many G&Ts during a trip to Singapore.

Ridgemill Estate Winemaker Peter Mcglashan Ridgemill Estate Winemaker Peter Mcglashan

Peter McGlashan joined the ridgemill team in September 2004 as head wine-maker.

Under his guidance ridgemill estate vineyard continues to explore, challenge and refine the art of creating the wines that best suit the region’s terroir; that resonate with its character and that delight and surprise the palates of wine lovers.

The estate’s mantra is toproduce wines of timeless elegance and finesse. It’s a task that demands tireless dedication, an unflinching commitment to quality and a passion to discover new varieties and perfect each variety as they grow. To that end the vineyard was expanded in 2013 when the neighbouring property was acquired.

Ridgemill Estate Martin Cooper Michelle Feenan Ridgemill Estate Martin Cooper Michelle Feenan

Martin and his wife Michelle Feenan, share an enthusiasm for creating one of the Granite Belt’s leading wineries and an inviting retreat offering cosy, stylish accommodation. It’s the ideal hideaway to experience the Granite Belt Wine Region.

Ridgemill estate wines are the product of sustainable and caring vineyard practices that nurture the grapes to be harvested at their peak then crafted with masterly skills gleaned from the new and old worlds to create distinctive,

European styled wines that complement Australia’s vibrant food culture.