Tokar Estate was born in 1995. My Dad, Leon Tokar, stumbled across the location by chance and brought my Mum, Rita, to view the property. They clambered over a barbed wire fence and walked to the point where the winery and restaurant now stand. They took in the incredible view, and by that night it was theirs.
Leon and Rita originally dreamed of a weekender and hobby farm. But the winemaking potential of the site, sandwiched between some of the Yarra Valley’s most famous vineyards, was too good to ignore.
The Tokar family have never shied away from a challenge, and by 1999 we had 30 acres under vine.
Our family laboured to transform land that was covered in thistles, tussock grass and snakes into a high quality vineyard. Leon and Rita learnt from the established vignerons who were their neighbours, but they soon developed a reputation as trailblazers in the Yarra Valley. In addition to planting traditional varieties (Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chardonnay) they were the first in the valley to plant the Spanish varietal Tempranillo.
Over the years, the Tokars have proven to detractors that taking risks can pay off, and Tempranillo is now one of our signature wines.
Our wines have achieved commercial success, but our estate is still a family farm. The Tokars, alongside our winemaker and vineyard manager, Martin Siebert, still lovingly tend the vineyard.
Tokar Estate Wine & Restaurant
The Tokar Estate label was launched in 1999. My parents pride themselves on their traditional European hospitality, and they were soon hosting customers alongside family and friends in a makeshift cellar door in their house on the property. Tokar Estate wines could be enjoyed with platters, coffee or Rita’s home baking – at the bar or on the patio behind the house.
Our wines soon developed a following, and more space was needed. In 2003 we opened our Mediterranean inspired cellar door and restaurant. The food today is prepared and served by professional chefs and restaurant staff, but the philosophy remains the same.
Our family’s love of sharing good food, wine and company continues. We still manage and work in both the cellar door and restaurant.
The Present and the Future
Tokar Estate now has two generations working alongside each other. We have had immense success in recent years. Our wines have received many accolades and we have expanded our sales into the retail and restaurant markets.
Together with our winemaker, Martin Siebert, we are continually working to finesse our bold and distinctive wine style. The hard work and attention to detail that defined the beginnings of Tokar Estate continue to underpin our vineyard practices, and we still look forward to sharing a glass of wine and a meal with old and new friends.
We are proud to invite you to become a part of the next chapter of the Tokar Estate story.
Become a part of the family. Join the Tokar Family Wine Club to receive wines handpicked by Leon Tokar and winemaker Martin Siebert. Members receive exclusive access to limited release wines and Tokar Family Wine Club events as well as offers at the cellar door, restaurant and online.