A small, pinot noir only,
vineyard in the Yarra Valley…

A message from Nine One Six

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The soils are a distillation of the landscape and all who’ve lived here; from the earliest indigenous owners, farmers, alluvial and shallow shaft miners, loners, battlers, families, academics, artists, vignerons, winemakers.

Now we are handpicking pinot noir grapes, which are carefully made into wine which truly represents the seasons of each vintage.

Every year, after pruning, through budburst to harvest, delightful conical bunches reliably take form on these twenty year old vines. The grapes draw from deep foundations, the product of a living ecosystem, including the people who lightly tend… and watch each vintage unfold.

The winemaking intent is as pure and simple as possible: to create expressive wines with balance, harmony and longevity.

It’s a considered approach. In a particularly low intervention way, we’re striving for balance: at this place, in the vineyard, and in the winery.

Erin-Marie O’Neill

John Brand


Current Release

Nine One Six
Pinot Noir

“… it is as fresh and crisp as a spring day; its cherry/berry fruit flavours positively sing in the mouth. Natural wine at its greatest. To 2030.”

95 Points, James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion

“… if you get the chance you must try this. It’s captivating.”

Vintage 2016 South reviewed by Campbell Mattinson,
Halliday Wine Companion, 2019

Our Story


Nine One Six origins are fortuitous, and full of goodwill.

After inner-city living, looking for a bucolic lifestyle on the outskirts of Melbourne, Erin-Marie O’Neill and John Brand moved to the Yarra Valley.

The first Nine One Six harvest was only a couple of weeks away when the Black Saturday fires swept through Steels Creek, taking their home and all possessions.

The vineyard was hit hard, but a few years later, the twenty year old vineyard produced its first viable crop again. So, it was in 2012, that JB, E-M and now young Henry handpicked grapes for the first Nine One Six pinot noir.

From then on – every vintage – the grapes to best represent that year are selected from a particular area of the vineyard, kept separated as ferments, then put into select barrels. The Nine One Six label shows which part of the vineyard the wine is from, and each bottle has a unique serial number which can be validated to receive provenance detail.

The focus of Nine One Six is to produce pinot noir which is a true expression of site and environment.

For more than twenty years, industry stalwart Viticulturist John Evans has guided the vineyard; skillfully and discerningly focused on balance. Highly regarded Winemaker Ben Haines has made every vintage, and he purely produces wine with elegance, detail, and poise.

All these efforts result in several vintages now, of commended, vastly enjoyed, and happily shared, Nine One Six pinot noir.

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We acknowledge the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung People as Traditional Custodians of the Yarra Valley Wine Region and their connections to land, water and community. We pay our respects to their elders, past and present, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

© Copyright 916 (John Brand & Erin-Marie O’Neill trading as Nine One Six). ABN: 74 772 242 607
916 Steels Creek Road, Steels Creek VIC 3775, Australia

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