Wintery rains sweep over Lutheran steeples and replenish the soil with moisture for the growing season ahead. Straw, native grasses and compost provide nutrients around vine trunks before the wait begins for spring’s burst of velvet buds. Summer and autumn bring warmth to the valley floor and the sun leads the path to deep crimson colours, smooth tannins and bold intense flavours — swathes of berry fruits, spices, liquorice, mocha, venison, tobacco and oak.
Historic towns. Green plains. Lush paddocks. Home to some of the world’s oldest shiraz, cab sav and grenache vines. For 180 years wine has been a way of life among these rolling hills, full of history and hardship, where life revolves around the soil, climate and community.