Lightfoot & Sons
The Lightfoot family first planted a small vineyard in 1995 in the pristine Gippsland Lakes region and made small batches of wine each vintage for the enjoyment of family, friends and a handful of local wine enthusiasts. Since then their family business has grown, and the second generation of family, sons Rob and Tom Lightfoot, now manage the business.
Our wines are now being made by Alastair Butt and Tom Lightfoot.
Alastair brings more than 25 years of winemaking experience to the winery, working previously in the Yarra Valley and Hunter Valley.
After completing a Viticultural Science and Wine Production degree, Tom has worked a number of vintages in wineries throughout Australia and the Northern Hemisphere.
Tom now manages the Myrtle Point Vineyard and assists Alastair in winemaking.
Lightfoot & Sons’ wines are made exclusively from grapes grown by the Lightfoot family at their Myrtle Point Vineyard in the Gippsland Lakes District, Victoria.
Using only grapes from our own vineyard enables us to manage the entire winemaking process from the early development of the grapes right through to the end of the winemaking process.
This ensures that finished wine is the highest quality and an uncompromised expression of vineyard and vintage.
The winemaking process begins in the vineyard.
Our focus in on producing high quality fruit with great varietal character and depth of flavour.
Our winemaking philosophy is focused on retaining, and expressing these characteristics as much as possible.
Depending on the vintage we use a combination of both wild and inoculated yeasts, small format fermenters that we hand plunge, some whole bunch ferments, and typically a fairly restrained use of new French Oak (15-20%).
The result are wines that show true varietal character and flavour.
This gives us a style that optimises the varietal fruit character, texture and subtleties within the wine.