Our small vineyard is just three hectares in size. Over 80% of the vineyard was planted in the early 1990s and hence is almost 30 years old. We also have a small block of old Black Muscat dating back to the 1940s and another small block of Grenache and Mourvedre that was recently planted in 2016.
Our vineyard is located high in the hills to the East of the village of Ballandean in the Granite Belt Region, which is Queensland's premier wine region.
With an altitude of 900 metres, we have nice frosty winters and mild summers which is ideal for the production of high quality wine grapes.
Our vines are planted in eight small blocks, which are surrounded by native bushland and impressive granite rocks formations. We do not apply insecticides, allowing the many birds and insects which live in the eucalypt forest surrounding our vineyard blocks to do this work for us.
We prune the vines by hand and harvest the grapes by hand. Our vines receive a very small amount of irrigation, so they produce small quantities (usually less than four tonnes per hectare) of high quality grapes with intense flavours.
We spread mulch under vines. This helps with soil health and structure and also means that the vines make better use of the rainfall that they rely upon.
Eight different varieties of grapes are grown in our vineyard. These are:
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Black Muscat