Rowsley Fault Vineyard has been named after the unique geological formation that created such perfect soil profiles for viticulture in the Moorabool Valley.

The ‘Rowsley Fault’ is a geological fault formed about one million years ago at the western edge of the Port Phillip Basin where it meets the Moorabool Valley. When the land to the east of the fault sank and to the west rose, the streams cutting into the fault line formed deep rocky gorges that are major features of the Moorabool Valley.

The power of these shifting blocks and sedimentary processes allowed a variety of soils to surface and settle throughout the region. The effect was that the current Rowsley Fault Vineyard found itself on top of rich clay loam soils that are resting on a layer of shattered limestone outcrops.

This ancient shake-up of the surrounding earth has provided a remarkable terroir for the growth of the range of varietal wines that are produced at the vineyard.


  • Tours by Appointment

Winery Details

Year Established: 1999
Avg. Tonnes crushed / grown: 100 – 200
Hectares under vine in Geelong: 45

Wine Varieties

  • Gamay
  • Graciano
  • Grenache
  • Mourvedre
  • Pinot Gris
  • Pinot Noir
  • Rosé
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Shiraz
  • Viognier
  • Zinfandel

131 Lumbs Road, Sutherlands Creek
03 5281 1811

Open the first Sunday of every month from 11am – 4pm
By Appointment all other times