Nestled in the Earth’s Embrace
Each vine that grows on our estate is cradled in black volcanic topsoil, speckled with basalt fragments – a memento from the ancient volcano that once reigned here.
Beneath this rich mantle, porous tufa, decomposed limestone and yellow sand layers reveal an incredible soil profile – the perfect canvas for cultivating our vines.
A Robust Horticultural Legacy
Our vineyard has deep roots in Victoria’s robust horticultural history, nurtured by Irish settlers who found a home from home in Killarney’s familiar landscapes.
Once a hub for potato and onion farming, our land is now dedicated to the art of viticulture.
Our Unique Vineyard Orientation
Planted on a gentle north-facing slope, our 2,900 vines are sheltered by native belts that provide refuge to local fauna and buffer against the bracing Southern Ocean wind.
The careful layout and orientation of the vineyard ensure each vine soaks up just the right amount of sunshine.
The Stars of our Vineyard
We’ve selected early ripening grape varieties to capitalize on our maritime/cool climate and the moderating effects of the sea breeze. We grow Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, and Riesling, each grafted onto Schwarzmann rootstocks.
The decision to use grafted vines stems from the need to control vine vigor due to the nutrient-rich soil. Plus, we use drought-resistant rootstock, and our vineyard is completely dry grown, all contributing to a balanced vine growth.
Holistic Vineyard Management
Our vines are trellised using the Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP) system and are meticulously hand pruned and thinned to achieve a maximum yield of 1 to 1.5 tonnes per acre.
At optimum ripeness, each grape bunch is handpicked with precision, reflecting our commitment to quality and sustainable practices.
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