a promise fulfilled
The Zapris family arrived in Australia from Greece almost 65 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, that 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. Sadly, it was 5 years after Evangelos had passed away.
However, a family tradition had been restored, and a promise, over half a century old, was fulfilled.
Sir Paz Estate is situated on a belt of rich volcanic red soil in the southern hills of Victoria's Yarra Valley. At 852 feet above sea level, we are the highest altitude vineyard in the Yarra Valley and as result, we are a true cool climate site that is capable of producing wines of exceptional depth and finesse.
Vines are planted on a north-south orientation on sloping hills, and our fruit ripens slowly encouraging rich, flavorful wines with outstanding ageing potential.
the cellar door
More than just a tasting room, the Sir Paz Estate Cellar Door is a unique wine experience that is sure to fire the senses. With sweeping views of our vineyard and the valley beyond, visitors can enjoy our wines as they while away the day on our open deck. And our Mediterranean Cheese Board is the perfect gastronomic accompaniment.
As an exclusive cellar door offering, we provide a selection of back vintage wines for tasting and purchase.