Led by one of Australia’s most up and coming “next generation” winemakers, Tim Shand, Punt Road produces estate-grown wines and proved the most successful Yarra Valley Producer at the 2016 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards – arguably the most coveted domestic competition for Yarra Valley producers.
Punt Road is owned by the Napoleone family who migrated from Abruzzo, Italy to Australia in 1926. Following over two decades of hard work as a vineyard hand, Joseph Napoleone purchased some land in the Yarra Valley in 1948. Since then the Napoleone family have steadily invested in acquiring more land including the property at Coldstream which was formerly home to the orginal St. Hubert’s vineyards and winery.
Winemaker Tim Shand joined Punt Road as head winemaker in 2013 having previously honed his craft at Yarra Burn (Yarra Valley), McWilliams and Giant Steps (Yarra Valley). Dedicated to only selecting fruit from the 150 acres of vineyards on Punt Road’s 300 acre farm, Tim often cites Punt Road’s credential of being one of the oldest sites in the Coldsteam as one of the reasons why he is so committed to producing site-driven, exciting wines that reflect the personality of the Yarra Valley. This approach led to Punt Road taking home three top honours at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards in 2016; The Kym Ludvigsen Trophy for Viticultural Excellence, the Trevor Mast Trophy for Best Shiraz and Douglas Seabrook Single Vineyard Trophy. Punt Road was also named a 5-star Yarra Valley producer by James Halliday in 2016.