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Squitchy Lane deck

The deck and view at Squitchy Lane (source: Squitchy Lane Instagram)

Squitchy Lane: Small and quality


Address: 9 Medhurst Rd, Gruyere VIC 3770

Varieties include: Sauvignon Blanc (inc a Fume Blanc style), Chardonnay, Rose, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Merlot


Small and friendly, with top quality wines, Squitchy Lane is a little known gem in the back blocks of Gruyere.  Inspired by the wines of Mount Mary, owner Mike Fitzpatrick (of AFL fame) wanted to create a boutique winery producing wines with impact. Today, while still small, the wines are some of the most awarded in The Valley. Walking into the small cellar door, it has a homely feel with a great view.


Squitchy Lane entry

Entrance to Squitchy Lane in Gruyere (source: Squitchy Lane Instagram)


Wines here are all about the classic French styles, covering elements of Burgundy, Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. Their Cabernet Sauvignon is probably their most famous and awarded variety and their Fume Blanc style Sauvignon Blanc is a cult classic, oaked and more like a Chardonnay than the tropical NZ Sauv Blancs many people are used to. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are also excellent. There’s often the opportunity to purchase back vintage bargains too.

Squitchy Lane Fume Blanc

Their amazing Fume Blanc (source: Squitchy Lane Instagram)


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A tiny cellar door, with a small deck looking out over the vineyards. It’s a great little spot, not meant for big crowds, a very peaceful spot to enjoy a tasting and then maybe a glass of wine on the deck.

Squitchy Lane cellar door

Back view of the Squitchy Lane cellar door, taken from down near the vines (source: Squitchy Lane Instagram)

What we like

The small and friendly vibes and excellent wines.

What we don’t like

From a wine tour perspective, they only take groups of around 6 people, so it is very limiting for Wine Compass purposes.

Read more about Yarra Valley wineries or return to the Yarra Valley wine tour page.