We live in Australia’s rugged Strathbogie Ranges, located 130 kilometres north of Melbourne, Victoria. These ancient highlands are over 400 million years old. The ranges are a striking granite massif that rises over 500 metres above sea level. Historically, this was home to the Yowung-illam-balluk clan of the Taungurong people. Yowung-illam-balluk means “the stone dwelling people”. If you visit this region you can see why. A multitude of dramatic granite rocks lie scattered over these ancient highlands.
Native flora includes tea tree scrub that grows amid the fresh water springs, copses of eucalypt and the Blackwood trees. The area is also home to grey kangaroos, koalas, wombats, wedge-tailed eagles and a very noisy population of sulphur-crested cockatoos.
The region could well be the kindest cool climate region in South Eastern Australia. In the coolness of spring the vines produce only small berries. The months that follow consistently offer low rainfall, cloudless skies and intense summer sun, giving rise to fruit that is dense in colour and flavour. Being inland, the Strathbogie are rarely plagued by autumn humidity so there is less pressure to harvest to beat the spread of plant diseases, helping to ensure we harvest under optimum conditions.
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