We compare the warm elevated, continental climate of the Bickley Valley to inland areas of Spain and Portugal so it is natural that we look to these areas for inspiration when it came to selecting grape varieties to grow. These comparisons encouraged us to plant the varieties such as Verdelho, Mourvedre, Touriga, Brown Muscat and Durif alongside Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. We are also fortunate enough to work with a group of dedicated growers that provide us with great quality fruit.
In the vineyard we have never subscribed to a single philosophy, choosing rather to utilise techniques from organic, traditional and modern management programs based purely on the results they produce in our vineyards. For example, we rely on a flock of guinea fowl and geese to control pest insect populations rather than pesticides but are happy to utilise conventional herbicides to control problem weeds.