The company Caledonia Australis was founded in the early 1990’s by a group of Melbourne based wine enthusiasts who shared a common goal of creating classical Burgundian styled wines. Martin Williams MW was engaged as foundation winemaker and the journey began. Initially in partnership with Phillip Jones from Bass Phillip, the group chose small vineyard sites around the town of Leongatha to specific criteria and began planting. The partnership soon dissolved but the vineyard sites were planted and the first vintage was produced in 1999.
Mark Matthews began working with Caledonia Australis in 2008 after acquiring the major vineyards and assuming day to day responsibility for managing vineyards and winemaking. In late 2009 the Matthews family also acquired both brands and stock thus turning Caledonia Australis and Mount Macleod into a small family domain, surely the truest structure for the original Burgundian vision.