85 Harrisons Road, Dromana, Victoria 3936
Phone: 03 5981 8688
Thursday – Sunday: 10am – 5pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm – Late
“…making modern wines using ancient techniques was born and Trofeo Estate was created.”
The History of the Property
In this place, in 1932 the Passiflora Plantations Company was established with an ambition to become Australia’s leading exporter of passion fruit and associated products.
By 1937 Passiflora Plantations had acquired more than 300 acres with 70,000 passion fruit vines and opened a processing cannery for passionfruit pulp. However with the advent of the Second World War Passiflora was cut off from its main export markets and struggled to achieve its potential.
In the early 1950’s the Seppelt and then Seabrook families operated a winery on this property but like many other vineyards and farms in this region, were wiped out by bushfire of 1967 – a fire many locals still remember.
The property was then used as pasture, a dairy and cool stores until Bob and Sue Peime bought it and planted vines in 1998.
Jim Manolios, Owner
A BSc with a Biochemistry major Jim has a wide variety of business interests. His passion however is the search for wine in its purest form. Jim’s interest in wine can be traced back to his family’s Greek heritage in wine making which can be traced back more than 600 years. Whilst researching alternative grape growing and winemaking techniques Jim identified modern Amphorae (Terracotta) as a viable way to ferment and mature wine without Oak barrels. Thus Jim’s dream of a sustainable vineyard free of herbicides or pesticides, making modern wines using ancient techniques was born and Trofeo Estate was created.
Richard Darby, Viticulturist and Winemaker
Our Viticulturist and Winemaker left New Zealand to travel the globe from vintage to vintage. Richard has made wine in many regions of both the New and Old World, and joined the Trofeo Estate team 4 years ago where he has applied all of his knowledge to create unique, premium wines. Believing that only the best wine comes from the best grapes, Richard spends just as much time in the vineyard as he does in the winery.
Claire Burrows, Cellar Door Manager
Claire began her career as a Food Technologist, working in laboratories for 14 years for a number of Flavour Houses around Melbourne. She specialized in flavour compounding and application where she was able to hone and refine her skills in flavour perception, detection and description.
Claire entered into the wine industry to pursue her passion and love of wine and has spent the last 6 years travelling the world working in wineries and cellars making wines in Australia, New Zealand and the USA. She has worked in cellars, vineyards, on bottling lines and laboratories and has now returned home to the Mornington Peninsula to enjoy the fruits of this exceptional cool climate region she calls home.
Lori Smith Operations Manager
Following on from a Bachelor in Forest Science at the University of Melbourne in 2002, Lori swapped fields and followed her passion for Hospitality. Working in venues across Australia, she developed a love of the grape and so became a life journey into what is the world of wine. Lori achieved a high distinction in Level 3 WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust, UK) in 2010 and completed her Masters in Wine Technology and Viticulture at the University of Melbourne in 2013. Prior to Trofeo Estate, she was a Sommelier and wine trainer in a selection of high end Australian Restaurants and Bars, including the National Art Gallery of Australia and International, Seamstress and Pope Joan.