The Mount Ophir Winery complex including the land, buildings (exteriors and interiors), driveways, trees, dams and landscape elements, early winemaking infrastructure, setting and other features. The registration includes all fixtures attached to the buildings at the time of registration.
HOW IS IT SIGNIFICANT?
Mount Ophir Winery is of historical and architectural significance to the State of Victoria. It satisfies the following criterion for inclusion in the Victorian Heritage Register:
Importance to the course, or pattern, of Victoria's cultural history.
Importance in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a class of cultural places and objects.
WHY IS IT SIGNIFICANT?
Mount Ophir Winery is significant at the State level for the following reasons:
Mount Ophir Winery is historically significant for its clear association with the development of vineyards and wine production in Victoria. It was a sizeable vineyard and influential winery and is indicative of the expansion of the winemaking industry in Victoria and the growth of wine as an export industry. This association is evident in the physical fabric of the place - including the distinctive winery building, array of early residences and outbuildings, and early wine production facilities. [Criterion A]
Mount Ophir Winery is architecturally significant as a notable example of a winery complex. The substantial central winery building is of fine and distinctive design with picturesque curved gables and prominent cylindrical tower. It incorporates fermentation vats, winemaking rooms, cellars and former office from the early decades of the winery's establishment. It forms the centre of a largely intact winemaking complex that displays the principal characteristics of a place of its class and is of a level of intactness that enables the processes of winemaking to be well understood. [Criterion D]