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Entries by Sean Kelly

Vintage 2017 – Will it ever begin?

Some of you may remember the rush of vintage 2016.  We started on the 5th of February with our grapes for sparkling wine and were finished by the 17th of March with the Late Harvest Semillon.  This year couldn’t be different. This morning I was in the vineyard sampling our Chardonnay for the sparkling wine […]


In vintage 2016, Helen gave us the opportunity to play a little with the grapes.  We were given a license to experiment and allowed to fail.  This is an extreme privilege to be given as a winemaker and one we took very seriously.  Our first thought was to produce a full skins fermented white wine […]

Nice day for a stroll….

November has finished and we are now on the countdown to Christmas.  The sun is shining and the temperatures are mild, making it the perfect afternoon for a quick stroll in the vineyard.  As you can see from the photo below, we have flowering.  The Chardonnay is pretty much finished flowering while the Merlot (pictured […]

Meet the Team: Meg Brodtmann

Experience that encompasses wine-making techniques from some of the world’s top wineries and spans more than twenty years and three continents is something few wineries as young as Helen and Joey Estate can boast. And there’s a good reason for that; they don’t all have Meg Brodtmann. H&J Estate is proud to introduce you to […]

The Latest from the Estate

It’s official, winter is behind us and there’s lots happening at the Estate as we head into the busy spring season. Making wine, much like tending a garden, is a yearly cycle. With every season comes a round of tasks ranging from weed control, to pruning, and the ever exciting machinery maintenance. We have a […]

Blood, sweat and… trees?

Running a vineyard isn’t always easy. It takes a lot of hard-work, dedication and passion to own and manage a vineyard, especially when you want complete control over the winemaking process to ensure each bottle has encapsulated the characteristics of your estate. Fortunately we have the passion and dedication in abundance and believe that shines […]

Mother’s Day at the Cellar Door

Mother’s day is fast approaching and to help you celebrate Helen & Joey have has an amazing day planned out for you! With a live music performance from by talented Australian Singer / Songwriter – Ben Mitchell, paired with wine tasting, what better way to spend mothers day! Date: May 8th 2016, Live music starts […]

Wine Tasting Class

Helen and Joey are offering a wine tasting session, where you learn about wine and how to taste it correctly. This event is a great event for wine lovers,  anyone interested in wine and just an all-round fun event. Lunch and wine provided, $40.00 Date: 17th of April 2016, starting at 1pm. Contact Cellar Door […]

It’s Vine Season

Wow! Things are moving quickly here at Helen & Joey Estate. The warm and relatively dry spring has made the vines grow like crazy. They are almost growing in front of our eyes sometimes! The good news in it all is that flowering is just about done, and I’m pleased to say it was successful, […]

AFL Grand Final at the Cellar Door

Come and watch the AFL grand final at the Cellar Door Yarra Valley, It’s Hawthorn Hawks taking on the West Coast Eagles. On October 3rd, Starting at 12am there will be a classic Australian Grand Final Roast, for you to enjoy whilst overlooking the amazing views of our Winery, and of course Wine! For the […]