A Promise Fulfilled
The Zapris family arrived in Australia from Greece almost 55 years ago. They left behind not only treasured heirlooms but a strong family tradition of winemaking. At the time, John, the youngest son at age 13, promised his father, Evangelos, whatever uncertainties awaited them in their new homeland, that one day they would own another vineyard and winemaking would again continue, just as it had in Drimos.
John Zapris established Sir Paz Estate in the Yarra Valley in 1997. Unfortunately, it was 5 years after Evangelos had passed away.
However, a family tradition had been restored, and a promise, half a century old, was fulfilled.
Situated in the Victoria’s Yarra Valley, one of Australia’s foremost winemaking regions, the Sir Paz Estate covers 35 acres and is idyllically surrounded by cherry and berry orchards.
A former chestnut grove, the estate sits on a belt of red volcanic soil and enjoys ideal growing conditions for the grape varieties produced there.
The elevated site suits our vines perfectly; grapes experience true cool climate conditions, ripening slowly for maximum flavour development.
Plantings consist of established Shiraz, Merlot and Chardonnay vines, with recent plantings of Sauvignon Blanc.
The Cellar Door
Recently opened, our brand new Cellar Door provides visitors with an opportunity to taste our wide range of estate grown wines while enjoying our captivating Yarra Valley views.
You too are welcome to take a seat, enjoy a glass - or a bottle - of your favourite wine and indulge in our gourmet Mediterannean cheese platter.