The Shiraz Republic

"Wine of the people, by the people, for the people"The President*

A Democracy of Wine

From humble beginnings, this vision of The Shiraz Republic has grown. We believe that good wine begins in the vineyard, and at The Shiraz Republic, our vineyard has and will always open for you to make good wine. We started off with and continue to specialise in supplying premium quality, Heathcote Shiraz grapes to home winemakers & small producers. With each year, we have sold more grapes to more people - and from our grapes, our citizens make excellent wines.

In 2005, The Shiraz Republic (under the name Cornella Ridge Estate) began making wine and moving our wine through our friends & citizens. If you have a vineyard, you'd be crazy not to make (some) wine. And as this has grown, we've upscaled production, opened a cellar door and are regulars at regional festivals such Heathcote on Show and the Heathcote Food & Wine Festival.

Nowadays, we've been helping citizens to make wine on site at The Shiraz Republic through our Rent-A-Row experiential gift packages. The aim is to share the joy of winemaking with those who have not yet experienced it themselves. This has been everything from sharing our facilities with budding vignerons to hosting fun social days with our new citizens. 2016 saw us host 18 different Rent-A-Row recipients through the winemaking process and with media attention from The Age, ABC & Weekly Times, the future is bright.

*With apologies to Abraham Lincoln.


Rent-A-Row is a new kind of gift idea, our take on experiential gifts. The Shiraz Republic is offering you exclusive access to the vineyard, based in the prestigious Heathcote Wine Region. Give the gift to that special someone, a group of people or maybe even yourself!

Shop Wine & Beer

Visit our online store to view our latest wine and Rent-A-Row deals. The Shiraz Republic has been making wine since 2005. Good wine begins in the vineyard and our wines are made with minimal intervention allowing natural processes to turn good fruit into great wine.

Cornella Real Brewery

Our Brewery, Cornella Real, produces a range of your favourite craft beers as well as various British-styled speciality ales. Bring your own lunch and relax over a pint or glass of wine amongst the scenery of the historical farmhouse and former Cornella post office.

Shiraz Grapes

It is our goal to open the road to the rich experience of winemaking. We supply high quality Shiraz grapes, freshly picked to small wine producers and home winemakers. We also offer Rent-A-Row, where we invite you to pick grapes and make your own wine with us on-site.

Visit Our Cellar Door

Open 7 Days, 10am-6pm.

Our cellar door and function room overlooks a gorgeous 25-acre Shiraz vineyard and is home to our very own craft brewery, Cornella Real. Drop in for a vertical tasting of our Shiraz wines or a tasting of craft beer and relax with our BBQ & picnic facilities.


The Shiraz Republic
507 Hamblin Rd
Cornella VIC 3551
(03) 5433 6338

Craft Beer

Check out the latest state of the Shiraz Republic, our brewery, Cornella Real.

The Shiraz Republic

Growing Notes

Rent-A-Row: Racking & Pruning

In June, our Citizen Winemakers visited to taste and maintain their 2017 Shiraz wine. After racking, Brian gave citizens a workshop on pruning vines.

Rent-A-Row Harvest: Picking, Crushing & Pressing

The Beginning Our Rent-A-Row experience started in 2013 with only a handful of Citizens learning how to make wine. It grew to 17 groups in 2016; then came articles in The Age, Weekly Times and Broadsheet in May 2016. Our Citizens grew to over 90 groups for the 2017...

Beautiful Ripe Fruit – Low Baume’s

In a difficult season, we have to ask ourselves why we make wine. For us and hopefully you as well, it is to work with the fruit, not against it and as such you will make a beautiful wine that tells the story of the season. One advantage of the bumper year is that we still have grapes available in this slow and crazy weather. The fruit is beautiful and ripe, just with a low Baume’.

Ready for Harvest

We are ready to go. It's been slow but stready progress to harvest. Hopefully that means the ripening process will continue to be slow and we will get the whole crop off with some beautiful figures. The weather since mid-February has been fantastic. Warm days and cool...

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