Our vineyard estates enjoy a relatively isolated and pristine natural environment.
Rutherglen has a mean January temperature (MJT) of 22.3°C and a heat summation of 1770, meaning it is classified as a ‘warm’ winegrowing region, with similar indices as the Barossa Valley in South Australia. Our proximity to the nearby Victorian Alps and our continental climate ensures we experience good diurnal temperature fluctuation (warm days and cool nights), which is ideal for premium wine production.
Relative humidity is generally low. Median annual rainfall is 569mm, with July, August and October being the wettest months, and ideally, the harvest months of January, February and March the driest. Rutherglen has one of the longest fruit ripening season of any viticultural region in Australia, extending from January for early white varieties through to late April for fortifieds. It is the length of the warm, dry season that makes the region ideal not only for fortified wines, but also the later ripening table wine varieties we have selected.
Our four vineyard estates enjoy a relatively isolated and pristine natural environment, and the luxury of good water availability via careful management of rainwater catchment, river and bore water allocations.
With a total of 518 hectares of land, and 185 hectares planted or ‘under vine’, the emphasis of our viticultural strategy is in skilled vineyard management, incorporating integrated pest management, crop regulation, hand pruning and moisture control to maintain vine health, vine balance to manage yields, and to produce premium quality fruit.
The varieties grown on each site have been carefully selected as those most suited to the warm, dry regional conditions, and importantly to each particular vineyard site. We are continually experimenting with new varieties, new vineyard management techniques and the latest ‘clones’ of existing varieties to ensure our wines are the best and our range one of the most diverse and innovative we can offer.