Enjoys a long growing season
The vineyard of 10 hectares is planted on brown loam & red clay soils in an area that enjoys a long growing season, with a low incidence of disease and usually a dry autumn for harvest. It is now managed organically as is the olive grove. We are proud to have full Biodynamic certification and are very determined to achieve our goals of sustainable farming. We do strongly believe that every effort towards going the extra yard for sustainable land management is what will really make a difference.
Over the years we have used many organic preparations to help balance and provide the nutrient requirements of the vines, from straw mulches to worm castings.
Irrigation is supplied by catchment water and bore water and is used sparingly through dripper lines. Soil moisture is monitored carefully using gypsum blocks to ensure appropriate use of irrigation water. Years of drought have taught us some valuable lessons in the judicious use of precious water. However, by learning to control our water output, we can produce bunches of small intensely flavored grapes.
Pruning is the big job for winter and usually takes 3 of us 3 months to complete by hand (FYI there are 20,000 vines to prune!!) Harvest takes place normally between February and April. Chardonnay is usually the first to be picked finishing with Cab Sav. We hand pick all grapes to be used in Wallington wines, as we prefer to take the time and save our fruit from any bruising or blemish due to machine harvest. Call us purest, but we consider fine winemaking something of an art, and not to be rushed.
The grape variety & year of plantation
- Cabernet Sauvignon was planted in ’92,
- Chardonnay ’94,
- Shiraz ’95,
- Cabernet Franc in ’98,
- Grenache, Petit Verdot, Mourvedre, Tempranillo and Viognier in 2000 – These most
recent plantings are used particularly for blending.