Owners Rod & Mim Smallman first moved to Moorooduc in 1988 and established the vineyard in 1999 with the first plantings of Shiraz. Muscat soon followed, then Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris afterwards on the Coolart block. The trellising was originally Scott Henry on the main block but was converted over to Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP) in 2010. The conversion to VSP began a change of approach with the vines from a highly manicured outlook with the Scott Henry to a more natural approach of minimal intervention. A more biodynamic farming method has been adopted over recent years and continually evolving in the search for better and sustainable outcomes.
The vineyard is located in Moorooduc which is at the northern end on the Mornington Peninsula. It is generally a few degrees warmer than areas of the Peninsula such as Red Hill and Main Ridge which generally make for a more fuller style of wine and an ideal place for Cool Climate Shiraz. The Shiraz has always been the flagship of the Chirping Bird Vineyard however with the recent addition of the Coolart block just down the road from the main home block, focus is now on creating the best examples of all the varieties grown.