Many family camping weekends were spent planting our Mt Barker and Lobethal Vineyard over 2 decades ago. Over the past 20 years we have built a reputation for premium grape growing in the Adelaide Hills; one of Australia’s most exciting regions. A mecca for amazing, fresh produce, world class wines, a distillery, cider house or brewery around every corner and views that go on forever.
We are located on 25 minutes up the freeway and rise to an elevation of around 350 meters at Mt Barker and over 460 meters are our Lobethal vineyard. The Adelaide Hills, due to its altitude, is significantly cooler and has a higher rainfall than neighbouring regions with vast variation in microclimates across the hills and valleys of the region.
HOWARD VINEYARD (MT BARKER) – 24Ha
Established in 1998 the Howard Vineyard site is a warmer vineyard in a cool climate. A slightly higher than average temperature and slightly lower rainfall than our Lobethal vineyard. This with our central approach of sustainable viticulture; including intensive hand pruning, shoot and bunch thinning, low yields and hand picking we are able to achieve optimal ripeness for Shiraz, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and a small block of Sauvignon Blanc as well as world class Rosé from these varieties.
SCHOENTHAL VINEYARD (LOBETHAL) – 36Ha
Schoenthal; meaning Beautiful Valley.
Established in 1998, beautiful valley is the perfect description for our stunning vineyard. We believe this is one of the finest sites for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc in the Adelaide Hills with a broad variation of traditional clones including 777, D5v12, i10v1 and Bernard 95 and 76. All very well suited to the Adelaide Hills. Due to cool temperatures and high altitude in this vineyard we retain great natural acidity, one of the hallmarks of our wine.
Head winemaker Tom Northcott’s winemaking approach is to pick at optimal ripeness for lean flavours to showcase the quality and true expression of our vineyards.
Tom enjoying making wine in the style he likes to drink; light to medium body with vibrant flavours and great natural acidity. He is always looking for the most sustainable way to manage all parts of the viticulture and winemaking. Taking good care of our land will ensure great quality wines into the future.