Originally the property was set up as a market garden, but in 1976 the owners Lou and Theresa Bianchet decided to plant some vines to make their own wine. Soon thereafter all the fruit trees and vegetable gardens were removed and the grape vines became the sole focus.
By 1980 Lou had his first vintage and his wines were so well received by friends and family that in 1984 he decided to open to the public. Many long time customers still remember the small tin shed cellar door.
Lou liked to experiment with grape varieties. He would plant five or six rows of the one variety, see how they prospered and then plant some more elsewhere on the property.
In 1986, Lou and Theresa went back to Italy to visit family in the Friuli region located in the North West. Whilst in Friuli, Lou discovered the white grape Verduzzo and thought it would grow well on his farm back in Lilydale.
On returning to Australia Lou contacted the Department of Agriculture to find out if there were any trial plantings of Verduzzo. There was – in Mudgee, New South Wales. He planted some cuttings and they thrived! To this day Bianchet is one of only two vineyards in Australia growing Verduzzo commercially. The wine is full bodied and full flavoured with a natural astringency.
Lou passed away in 1994 and Theresa placed the vineyard on the market. In February 1998 the property changed hands. The new owners gave the vineyard a face-lift with the construction of a restaurant, a revamping of the tasting room and other general modernization of the property.
In 2008 the Aquaro family took over the property with the vision of better quality wine, food and entertainment to make Bianchet the place to be.
A New cellar door has been built and a new wine bar complimented by a tapas bar, a revamp of the landscape to the alfresco area for customers to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of cosmopolitan tradition. Bianchet Bistro & Winery now caters for all functions.
The grape varieties grown in the vineyard are:
• Cabernet Sauvignon,
• Cabernet Franc,
• Shiraz, Malbec,
• Pinot Nior,