Our cellar door started life in a shed, where Margaret Crittenden would host makeshift tastings.
Ten years later in 1992, Margaret’s culinary vision saw the opening of our cellar door tasting room and winery café, marking the beginning of a new kind of wine tourism for the Peninsula.
That humble yet popular café grew into Stillwater at Crittenden, and under the ownership of chef Zac Poulier, is now amongst the Peninsula's most well regarded restaurants, and the Crittenden Wine Centre is the centrepiece of our wine making family.
Garry Crittenden is a true pioneer in the Australian wine industry. He was the first vintner to see the potential of the Mornington Peninsula as a thriving wine region.
With a background in horticulture and inspired by his long-standing love of wine, Garry transitioned from a nursery-man into viticulture just as the Peninsula was emerging as a wine growing area. His first modest five acres more than doubled the area under vine in the region. Since those first plantings in 1982, his commitment to the region has seen the Mornington Peninsula flourish to world recognition.