Although vines were first planted in this region in 1848, the modern phase of winemaking in the region dates back to 1963. Named for its physical beauty and similarity to the Pyrenees Mountains bordering France and Spain, the picturesque blue-hued Pyrenees Range lies at the western reach of the Great Dividing Range.
Climate – Areas of high altitude (varying from 203 metres to 460 metres) and cool nights moderate daily temperatures allowing for the rare ability to produce a diverse range of complex yet elegant wines. Its inland location gives rise to low midsummer relative humidity and to substantial diurnal temperature ranges in spring and early summer. Relatively low humidity reduces the incidence of disease pressure resulting in minimal chemical input and some organic viticulture.
Soils – The soils are typically medium to heavy clay with quartz and isolated exposed schist on the ridges. The soils of the Pyrenees often have large amounts of gravel and may also contain red sandstone suitable for the development of rich, flavoursome red, white or sparkling wines.
Harvest – is generally from early February to the end of April
Wines – Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier