Tod Dexter has always known wine – he had a childhood friendship with the Crittenden family, one of Melbourne’s premium wine merchants who introduced him to the world of wine.


In 1974 after a skiing trip in the US, Tod went to the Napa Valley where he had a seven-year apprenticeship with one of California’s premium family wineries, Cakebread Cellars.

On his return to Australia in January 1987, Todd looked at sites in the Yarra Valley for a winery, however time spent with Pioneers Nat White (Main Ridge Estate), George Kefford (Merricks Estate) and Garry Crittenden (Crittenden Estate) swayed him in the direction of the Mornington Peninsula and his love of surfing sealed the deal. Tod and wife Debbie bought a vineyard site at Merricks North on the Mornington Peninsula.

His first vintage on the Peninsula was at Elgee Park, where he made wine for Elgee, Stonier, Red Hill Estate, Kings Creek and Balnarring Vineyard all in one hit. The first plantings on the home vineyard were in 1987, the first crop in 1990, the fruit heading off to Stonier, where Todd was employed as Head Winemaker. A long and highly successful time at Stonier was followed in 2004 by another Head Winemaking position at Yabby Lake, until 2008.

From 2009 onwards, Todd has focused his attention on producing his own wines under the Dexter label, concentrating his already honed skills as a top tier producer of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. His wines are focused and intense, built with great structure that will reward cellaring. Both wines are 100% Estate fruit. For more information please visit