Stonier was one of the first wineries to be established in the region in 1978 by Brian Stonier (above) and his family at Merricks, on the southern edge of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. Stonier planted Chardonnay in 1978, followed by Pinot Noir in 1982.
In 2000, Stonier punctuated the beginning of its profound support of the Pinot Noir variety by hosting the inaugural Stonier International Pinot Noir Tasting. It was the first significant Australian event involving trade and media looking at Pinot Noir from an international perspective. Len Evans, Brian Croser and James Halliday became long-term panel members.