"They are by far the best Verdelhos I have ever tasted.”
James Halliday The Australian 2003
"RobertChannon Wines, arguably Australia’s foremost producer of Verdelho”
James Halliday The Australian 2009
".. takes the verdelho to another level of length and intensity altogether”
James Halliday Wine Companion 2013
Peggy and Robert Channon’s three strokes of luck:
"In 1998 we found the perfect land for our winery. It had good soils and elevation, great views and a great water supply. On the debit side, the agent told us that it was on the wrong side of town and unsuitable for growing grapes. However, so far so good.
As soon as we had completed the purchase we started to plant our first vineyard. We had two immediate strokes of luck. One was that we recruited the wonderful Robert Kerridge as our vineyard manager and, apart from an absence of a couple of years, he has looked after our vineyards ever since as if they were his own.
Our second stroke of luck was that the nursery supplying the vines to us couldn’t supply the chardonnay we had ordered because they had sold them to someone else; bigger and more important than us . So, at the very last moment, we had to take verdelho from them instead. Verdelho has been a wonderful grape for us and we now take all the credit (quite inaccurately of course) for having carefully researched the suitability of this variety for our vineyard and the Granite Belt district.
Our third stroke of luck came in 2001 just before the release of our first wines, when we received a legal challenge from champagne house, Moet and Chandon to our proposed use of our name "Channon” on our wines. When the press picked up the story, we became international mega stars for about 12 hours and the name challenge went away. As far as we know, despite all our subsequent efforts to take over the international champagne market, Moet and Chandon has gone on from strength to strength and we remain small and happy in our boutique market place.”
Our Cellar Door, the Singing Lake Café and the Swigmore Hall:
You will be greeted at the Cellar Door by JS Bark our canine receptionist, unless she is asleep.
The views from the cellar door over the Singing Lake are spectacular and there is plenty of space for children to run around. They can also say hello to the winery’s miniature horses and to our Hereford cattle, if they are in the mooed – not a typo – attempted humour.
Our Singing Lake Café, with its stunning lake view, is open for lunch from Friday to Monday with a variety of delicious freshly –made lunches, desserts, cakes and coffees. Don’t miss the Duck Pie, the Lamburger and the Mud Cake. For a menu go to Café
The Swigmore Hall- the winery’s concert hall – is home to a series of monthly concerts every year. Importantly, for winter (and sometimes summer), the Swigmore Hall has heating as well as seating. Concerts for 2015 will include choral music, jazz, chamber music, a piano recital, an orchestral concert, opera and a brass band day. For details of the concert programme go to Concerts.
We produce fine Verdelho, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Our wine is made at our winery from grapes grown in our cool climate vineyards at an elevation of about 950 metres. We are particularly known for our Verdelho and Chardonnay.
Our first 3 vintages of Verdelho won the Trophy for Queensland’s Best White Wine. Since then they have regularly won regular gold medals. Our Verdelho has been served at a formal banquet for the Queen, at banquets in State and Federal parliament and our 2009 Verdelho was selected as the Queensland Parliament's 150th Anniversary White Wine.
We are just about to release our Verdelho 2014 Also new this year has been a luscious dessert style Late Harvest Verdelho 2014.
We are one of the few small wineries in Australia to have won a national trophy at a national show for a champion wine. This is effectively a 'Best in Australia' award. We did it for the first time with our Reserve Chardonnay 2002 which won the Trophy for the Best Chardonnay in the Royal Queensland Show 2004 and then again with our Sparkling Chardonnay 2008 which won the Trophy for the Champion Sparkling Wine in the Australian Small Winemakers Show in 2010.
We have produced gold medal and trophy winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot and we have recently added Pinot Noir to the red varieties that we planted initially.
For the Cellar Door are Saturdays and Sundays 10.00 to 5.00 and Monday, Tuesday & Friday 11.00 to 4.00. The Cellar Door is closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays so that Robert and Peggy can drink wine instead of selling it.
The Singing Lake Café is also open from Friday to Monday from 11.00 each day.
Buy our Wines
If you would like to purchase on-line, go to Buy Wine to see our current list. If you are visiting the Granite Belt, come and see us at the winery where we usually have some specials on sale as well.
To find out where to buy our wines in Queensland and which restaurants stock them, see the Restaurants/ Outlets page for the latest information
The Robert Channon Wine Club
Why not join our Wine Club? Get member discounts and benefits and our twice yearly great value wine packs.
Brisbane & the Gold Coast: contact Robert Channon on 07 4683 3260 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunshine Coast: contact Fran Yorke at fran_yorke @email.com
07 4683 3260
"If you thought last year’s win was a fluke, Robert Channon has done it again with his 2004 Chardonnay winning gold at the Brisbane Wine Show ahead of seriously credentialed competition…. receiving more points than the 2004 Coldstream Hills – standard and reserve – Devil’s Lair, Eileen Hardy and 130 or so other chardonnays from the 2004 vintage.” Tony Harper, Wine Judge.
"It is worth mentioning the extraordinary results achieved by Robert Channon (at) the 2007 Royal Queensland Show. He snagged silver for his 2006 Chardonnay and the Trophy for the most successful Queensland winery. This is a national show with high standards of judging and competition from wines all around Australia. Channon has achieved success here before, regularly winning top Queensland winery and in 2004 the trophy for the best chardonnay in the show and the following year another gold for its chardy.” Ken Gargett, Courier Mail.