The Hickinbotham Family have been involved in the art of wine making since 1936. They have been at the forefront of Australian wine production for three generations. This dates back to the early 1920’s when grandfather ’Hick’ initiated Australia’s first scientific wine making course at Roseworthy College. The use of the pH meter in Australian winemaking has been attributed to his foresight and expertise, and it’s implementation has helped put Australia’s wines on the international level they have achieved.
Second generation lan Hickinbotham was the first winemaker at Kaiser Stuhl in the Barossa valley where he oversaw the production of many famous Aussie icons, such as Sparkling Reingold, Gala Spumante, and many more. These wines introduced a generation of Aussies to the joys of appreciating wine! Ian’s crowning glory was the famous 1952 Wynns Coonawarra Dry Red, which is still a magnificent drink to this day.
Ian and son Stephen, leased the Mt Anakie vineyard in the early 1980’s where they were inspirational in launching such brands as Elgee Park, Stoniers and Meadowbank. During this era, the family made wines from all over Australia, from Tasmania via Ballarat to Gippsland, helping to establish the Scotchmans Hill winery and make their first vintages.
At this time the Hickinbotham family were also making wines for most of the early Mornington Peninsula vignerons. The 1988 vintage consisted of 24 different chardonnays, each from a separate vineyard!
It was in 1988 that Andrew (and partner Terryn) discovered and purchased the Dromana property and began his own journey into winemaking. In true Hickinbotham tradition, Andrew has made his mark in cool climate grape production, planting as many as 26 small vineyards across the Peninsula.
The Dromana vineyards are planted with the varieties Chardonnay, Pinot noir, Cabernet sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Aligote and Taminga.
The first 50 dozen vintage from the Dromana vineyard was bottled in 1991, and hand labelled in silver pen by Terryn, each bottle sporting its own individual signature. Since then the volume of production has increased, so the Hickinbotham of Dromana label was born.
In 1990 the first of the fourth generation of Hickinbotham’s was born, Jake, followed three years later by the second, Cal. Both boys have the typical enquiring minds of youngsters, but they also show the Hickinbotham propensity for lateral thinking, and the love of the great outdoors.
Both these attributes come together in the Jakcal’s Run Label, art produced by each of the boys at ages 9 and 6 respectively, and combined with their names to make a distinctive label of their own.
Hickinbotham of Dromana consists of a 15 acre Vineyard surrounded by open grassed woodland with a large ornamental dam. Five acres of land is dedicated to "Land for Wildlife" and contains important remnant bush.
The property consists of a Cellar Door facility for wine tasting and sales. The room has a rustic charm and relaxing ambience which insinuates itself into all visitors. In winter visitors are welcomed by a crackling open fire, and on weekends with live music.
The property is also home to the Hickinbotham Cafe Restaurant which can seat up to 90 people within the enclosed verandah. We have just installed a new outside brick paved decking with can seat a further 100 people on warm days.
The view from the Cellar Door, Cafe Restaurant and newly paved decking is wonderful. Look across the vines to Safety Beach on Port Phillip Bay where you can catch the Tasmanian ferry sail by, and the sun going down in the west.
Hickinbotham of Dromana is an independent, family-owned business which aims to provide positive experiences for its customers and a have significant impact on the Mornington Peninsula community.Business Values If we provide a positive and satisfying experience for our customers and care for our community, everything else will fall into place. - Andrew Hickinbotham
Hickinbotham of Dromana has a commitment to responsible and sustainable business practice which includes manufacturing and selling superior wines at fair prices, offering quality hospitality and entertainment facilities, providing award wages and a supportive family atmosphere for our employees, taking responsibility for the impact of our business on the environment and maintaining an obligation to support health, welfare and educational activities in our community.
Hickinbotham of Dromana is part of something much bigger our community - Terryn Hickinbotham
Supporting the local community is an integral part of Hickinbotham of Dromana. We make regular financial and in-kind donations to the community and organise fundraising events at the winery for local community groups, causes and individual families suffering hardship
We aim to make quality wines with minimal environmental intrusion or impact. - Andrew Hickinbotham
Hickinbotham of Dromana aims to have minimal impact on the environment through our wine manufacturing and we re-use and recycle over 90 per cent of waste from our winemaking, hospitality and entertainment activities. We grow our grapes using organic principles which involves using natural soil-enrichment (composted winery waste) and pest-control methods and our wine is preservative free. Hickinbotham of Dromana is a registered Land for Wildlife property and a habitat for many species of native birds and animals.
Sustainability and Stakeholder Approaches;The business activities of Hickinbotham of Dromana are influenced by two related approaches.
Sustainability which aims to promote the development of a strong community into the future which involves supporting the people, the environment and the economy.
Stakeholder;which aims to take into consideration the needs of shareholders, customers, employees, business partners, governments, the environment, local communities and the public.