OUR REGIONS

Tumbarumba

In 2016, when hail destroyed much of the Chardonnay crop in the Hunter Valley, we worked with trusted suppliers in the Tumbarumba to source fruit for our Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  

Tumbarumba is one of NSW’s newest wine producing regions with Vines planted since 1982, yielding distinctive cool climate grapes from its high altitude location.

In 2016, when hail destroyed much of the Chardonnay crop in the Hunter Valley, we worked with trusted suppliers in the Tumbarumba to source fruit for our Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We went for a drive, shook hands with the family of growers and produced wines that everyone loves including our award winning Ryan’s Reserve Chardonnay and Saddler’s Pinot Noir.

Our commitment to a multi-regional process and continued high quality in small quantities means we are always open to new regions and new fruit sources.

Best known for:  Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir

Climate

  • Tumbarumba’s climate is cool but no more so than the climate of the Yarra Valley. There are a number of other factors that affect the region’s climate: high sunshine hours with brilliant light, cold summer nights and a late start to the growing season.  
  • Frost is an ever-present viticultural threat and its presence dictates the necessity for careful site selection and management.  
  • Extremely cold night temperatures can cause problems and, as such, elevation is a significant factor in determining varietal choice.  

Soil

  • These are typical high mountain soils, derived from decomposed granite and basalt, with a typically gritty and granular texture.  
  • The choice of viticultural site is chiefly determined by aspect and slope (sufficiently steep to promote good air drainage at night and thus minimise the risk of frost).

Latitude: 34° 36’S

Altitude 300-800m

AVERAGE RAIN FALL IN GROWING SEASON:  375mm

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