Ben Haines is a boutique winemaker in Victoria’s Yarra Valley, who is leading the charge in creating some of Australia’s most terroir-driven wines by sourcing fruit from what he refers to as “magic dirt”. His focus is spurred by creating an honest connection with place that ultimately has its unique character expressed in the glass.
The vineyards he chooses are those possessing great interest, charm, and depth, and that capture a sense of mystique. Following stints at Yering Station in the Yarra Valley and Mount Langi Ghiran in the Grampians, Ben is now based in Melbourne, but makes wine across Victoria. Having previously studied viticulture, he pays particularly close attention to what’s happening in each vineyard throughout the growing season.
At the forefront of Australia’s younger, minimal-intervention wine scene, Ben’s signature style each vintage is beautifully textured, low-alcohol wines that explore the varying terroir of Victoria and offer their drinkers a kaleidoscope of aromas.