Panton Hill Winery where Neighbours, Secret Bridesmaids’ Business filmed looking for a corking sale

Panton Hill Winery, where TV show Neighbours films, is on the market. Actors Olympia Valance, Stefan Dennis and Rebekah Elmaloglou are pictured. Inset picture: Alex Coppel.

A winery where Neighbours and other shows have filmed is giving buyers a taste of its Tuscan-style charms.

The 6.68ha Panton Hill Vineyard and Winery at 145 Manuka Rd in Melbourne’s northeast is for sale with a $5.999m price tag.

Owners Teunis and Dorothy Kwak began building their home in 1973 when there was no electricity or wine connections to the land.

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They moved to Australia from Canada after Mr Kwak, a scientist, was employed as a geology lecturer at Melbourne and La Trobe Universities.

Mr Kwak used sandstone rocks and recycled materials from demolition sites, wreckers’ yards, antique shops and the local tip to build the property.

The main three-bedroom house features 19th and 20th century leadlight windows, while a 16th century Belgium church window Mr Kwak purchased while in Europe graces another wall.

A chandelier from the same church hangs in the winery’s function space.

Other construction materials include Grampians sandstone from the demolished APA Building in Melbourne, which was the world’s tallest building until the Eiffel Tower’s 1887 construction.

Panton Hill Vineyard and Winery

Dorothy and Teunis Kwak pictured at Panton Hill Vineyard and Winery in 2015. Picture: Kris Reichl.

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Teunis Kwak made his first wine at age 14 years old, out of wild black cherries picked in the Canadian forest. He went on to become a winemaker and viticulturist after moving to Australia. Picture: Jason Edwards.

There are two vineyards at Panton Hill.

The winery has a historic ambience.

The house also features a covered upstairs veranda offering 360-degree views over the winery, dams, fruit trees, bushland — including a specially-designated wildlife conservation corridor — a courtyard with a fountain and gazebo.

Ms Kwak described her husband “as a man who loved a bargain”.

After buying two Jarrah staircases for $300, he decided to create a building based on a 12th-century English manor to house one lot of stairs.

“I said, ‘What will we use the building for? He said, ‘We might have a party or something,’” Ms Kwak laughed.

The building later became the winery’s function centre and tasting hall.

The double-storey house offers views of the surrounding landscape.

n29dv704 Panton Hill Vineyard and Winery. Teunis and Dorothy Kwak are enjoying a good grape season.

Teunis and Dorothy Kwak in the winery’s function space and tasting area. Picture: Kris Reichl.

Leadlight windows feature throughout the property.

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Teunis and Dorothy Kwak among their vines. Picture: Kris Reichl.

Mr Kwak erected numerous other structures, such as a stone building with a cellar door kitchen, Italian gas pizza oven and drive-in storage area.

The couple planted two vineyards of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and sauvignon blanc, and started marking their own wines in the 1990s without using pesticides or chemicals.

Across the years, the winery has hosted events like product launches, small weddings and fashion shoots, plus and television and movie shoots including the 2019 miniseries Secret Bridesmaids’ Business starring Abbie Cornish.

Mr Kwak built the winery on weekends and after hours while working full-time as a university lecturer.

The house’s upstairs veranda offers a green view.

A spiral staircase leads to second floor with three bedrooms and Jarrah-lined family bathroom featuring a claw foot bath.

Australian soap opera Neighbours has shot there several times with the winery serving as the venue for the wedding of characters Chloe and Pierce.

After being cancelled but returning to screen earlier this year, Neighbours once again returned to film scenes for its current season at Panton Hill.

Woodards’ Sam Bottari said the winemaking equipment could be included in the property’s sale if buyers were interested.

A separate stone building houses a winery and cellar door kitchen with stainless steel and marble counter tops, an Italian gas pizza oven, heavy duty double ovens and a dishwasher.

The Neighbours 2023 cast. The show has filmed some of its current season at the winery. Picture: Supplied/Channel 10.

A fountain stands in a courtyard.

Mr Bottari said that upon driving in the gates, people tended to comment that “they feel like they have slipped into a timeless Tuscan landscape”.

Buyers have a variety of ideas for the property’s future including continuing its use as a winery and setting up short-term accommodation pending council approval, Mr Bottari added.

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