“Bigibila” is an Aboriginal word for “Echidna”. The word "Bigibila" comes from the Gamilaraay language, spoken by the Gamilaroi people.
Bigibila is a boutique vineyard and winery owned by Peter Bicknell and Jillian Henderson. They are nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees Ranges, 2 km south west of Moonambel in Victoria, Australia. Peter and Jillian produce a range of premium red wines including Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.
Located on the 37th parallel, the vineyard enjoys near perfect growing conditions with warm dry days under a beautiful blue sky and cool clear nights.
From the start of the planning to the present, Bigibila have been dedicated to enhancing this very special parcel of land and creating the Bigibila vineyard using traditional and sustainable farming practices.
No artificial fertilizers have been used by Bigibila opting instead to use large volumes of animal manures and ground limestone to feed the soil, and support the healthy and balanced vines. These techniques along with carefully selected varieties and clones, allows Bigibila to achieve a low yielding crop that enhances the beautiful terroir of this ancient land.
Winemaker Peter Bicknell believes in low impact winemaking, following the premise that looking after the soil and the vines will inevitably produce great wine. When the fruit is ripened to perfection it is handpicked, open vat fermented, and hand plunged.
After storage and final fermentation with American and French oak for 18 months, the final product is the wonderfully fruit-driven, well-balanced wines that are the Bigibila range.
Bigibila wines are all about the true flavors of this exciting, unique area and are a constant source of pleasure for both the owners at Bigibila through to the final consumer.