In 2001, Olympian and International road cyclist Micheal Wilson purchased the historic vineyard at Legana.
Micheal and Mary Wilson returned to Tasmania in 1991 after living in Italy and France for a decade. Micheal had been an Olympic cyclist and joined the professional ranks, racing in all the major European events.
Imbued with a love of wine and food, they spent seven long hard years in the restaurant game.
Somehow, Micheal found time to become a qualified viticulturist, and was vineyard manager for Moorilla Estate based at St Matthias; Mary spent five years working in wine wholesaling for leading distributors. In 2001 they purchased the Legana Vineyard, planted so long ago, and they have since painstakingly rehabilitated the almost 50-year-old vines.
They have also built a small winery where Micheal makes the red wines, and Julian Alcorso makes the white wines.
The story behind the vineyard is fascinating, wheels within wheels.
Based at the entrance to the beautiful Tamar Valley in northern Tasmania, The 0.9ha of cabernet sauvignon and 0.5ha of pinot noir of the Legana Vineyard were planted in 1966 by Graham Wiltshire, legitimately described as one of the three great pioneers of the Tasmanian wine industry. Originally named Chateau Legana, Velo is home to Tasmania’s oldest cabernet sauvignon wines. Varietals grown onsite, are pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, sauvignon blanc, riesling and pinot gris. We know you will enjoy sampling our impressive range of award winning wines along with our friendly service.
We are a boutique producer and we concentrate on ripening our fruit to perfection.
Our cellar door is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm
At Vélo, handpicked fruit is nurtured from vine to bottle, producing outstanding, handcrafted wines.
Our wines are carefully selected from classic French varieties that particularly suit the Tasmanian climate.
Hand picking, hand plunging and gentle basket pressing reflect in the character of our wines.
Velo is a combination of their passion for great wine, food and art. The small family operated vineyard is an example of how old and new worlds meld. While retaining traditional methods of harvesting and winemaking, their contemporary image reflects the fun, energy, passion and lifestyle in which they immerse themselves.
Purchase any of our wines from our store, using the link below.
Relaxed vineyard dining in the Tamar Valley
Since 2012 the Vélo team have been delighting locals and tourists with simple, contemporary Tasmanian cuisine.
Join us in The Barrel Room Restaurant where you can enjoy local produce with our hand-crafted wines, and views to the Tamar River across lush farm land. You can view our menu and wine list by following the link below.
We are currently serving lunch Wednesday to Sunday 12-3.30pm, and dinner on Friday and Saturday from 6pm. Bookings are essential.
Please be advised that The Barrel Room Restaurant and Velo Cellar Door will be closed from Monday 15th June 2015 until Friday 17th July 2015, while we take our annual winter holidays.
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