Meet the makers

John Davies, Wordsmith Wines

18 years ago, vigneron John Davies purchased a magnificent parcel of land in Heathcote named Colbinabbin Estate.

Eighteen years ago, vigneron John Davies and his wife Jenny purchased a magnificent parcel of land in Heathcote which they named Colbinabbin Estate after the local township. Located on the deep, rich red Cambrian soils of the Mt Camel range, the vineyard produces outstanding Shiraz and Cabernet.


Heathcote is in Central Victoria about 100 km north of Melbourne. The region is renowned for the quality of its wines, due to the deep, red Cambrian soil, and the temperate climate with cooling winds from the south. The region’s rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the seasons, and the soil has excellent water retention. These factors combine to create wines that are defined by depth of colour, rich flavour and seamless complexity.


The Wordsmith range of wines highlights the quality of fruit grown in the Heathcote region, with the focus on whites like Pinot Grigio and sparkling Prosecco that are delicate, light and crisp, and reds with soft, warm spice characters and leathery, smoky hints. These complex, easy-drinking wines offer some of the best value from this historic region, famed for high quality wines with plenty of rich character.


Meet Wordsmith Wines Vigneron John Davies

Winemaking History

John Davies’ family were prominent Wine Merchants in Melbourne for over 70 years and wine has been an part of his family for three generations. From an early age, John learnt that "great wines are born in the vineyard”.

John’s favourite wine moment

Previously, the majority of the Davies’ fruit was sold to a range of award winning winemakers. Now, John and Jenny are able to showcase the best fruit available from their Estate under the Wordsmith label.

Wordsmith Winery

John’s Winemaking philosophy

John and Jenny Davies believe that the key to great wine is to start with a great vineyard location, implement the best viticultural practices focusing on organic principles and pick the fruit when it is in great condition. The Colbinabbin Estate style is to produce wine that expresses a sense of place. The fruit is picked as soon as it is ripe to preserve spice and elegance with only a small amount of French oak influence. John believes that the fruit should be the hero, not the winemaker! Consequently all of the Wordsmith Wines are about elegance and finesse.


"Great wines are born in the vineyard”