McKellar Ridge is a boutique winery producing premium award-winning handcrafted wines. Carefully nurtured from grape to glass, our wines exhibit the unique characteristics of the Canberra cool-climate region:
fresh fruit flavours, distinctive spiciness, crisp acidity.
McKellar Ridge Wines was established in 2005 by Brian and Janet Johnston and quickly became highly regarded in the Canberra region.
In 2017 husband and wife team John and Marina Sekoranja purchased McKellar Ridge winery and they are the sole winemakers and directors of McKellar Ridge Wines.
John & Marina
John and Marina have always shared a passion for wine. However, it was while visiting relatives in Slovenia that John had a life-changing epiphany. While admiring the family vineyard, John’s father lamented how he was forced to abandon the business due to the outbreak of World War II.
At that moment John realised his destiny:
to re-establish the family tradition of wine production.
In 2016 John and Marina embarked on turning the dream into reality. On the day John retired from corporate life, the couple coincidentally met the founders of McKellar Ridge, Brian and Janet Johnston, marking the start of a significant friendship. Before long Marina stepped back from her own profession as a nutrition and dietetic clinician so the pair could assist in making the 2017 vintage. John and Marina bought the business in June 2017, and they are dedicated to elevating the award-winning winery to ever greater heights.
They are completing their Bachelor of Wine Science, planted a new vineyard and embracing all aspects of the winemaking industry.
Our wines are made from low yielding mature vines, carefully chosen from premium quality vineyards within the Canberra District and handpicked to select the best fruit at optimal ripeness.
The white wines are lightly pressed and cool-fermented in stainless steel vats, the reds open-fermented with gentle hand plunging and basket pressing then transferred to quality French Oak barrels.
As winemakers, our role is to apply best practice standards with minimal intervention. This ensures wines maintain varietal integrity and good aging structure. The quality of McKellar Ridge wines is reflected in the multiple medals awarded and consistently high-scoring reviews.