Approximately 10 acres of the 110 acre property is planted to wine grapes as below:

The original planting in 1995 was to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Further plantings in 2000 increased the area of these four varieties and added Gewürztraminer and Tempranillo.

Most of the vineyard is sited on a free draining slope. The slope falls toward the south, which, together with the 200 metre elevation, accentuates the cool nature of the vineyard.

The meso climate of our site provides a longer than usual ripening season, which, in turn, produces wines of varietal intensity, elegance and complexity.

The vine rows are planted to a north-south orientation. Row spacing varies between 2 and 2.2 metres.

The vines are managed as follows:

  • VSP (vertical shoot positioning): a permanent cordon approximately 1 metre off the ground
  • 2 bud spur hand pruning (June – August)
  • Shoot thinning as/when needed (September)
  • Bunch thinning as/when needed (December)
  • Hand picking of fruit

Every decision and action we take is intended to produce the healthiest, flavoursome and intensely varietal fruit possible.

Of particular interest are our plantings of Gewürztraminer and Tempranillo. We are one of the few vineyards in the Yarra Valley to have either.

The small 2/3 acre of Gewürztraminer sits nestled into the hill in our coolest corner of the vineyard. Each year it produces picture perfect, spicy, balanced fruit.

The Tempranillo sits in a warmer, more exposed location, and produces generous, richly textured fruit.

Autumn at Sutherland Estate