Our Terroir

We have a rare (in Australia) alkaline sandy-loam on limestone soil profile similar to the limestone rich Kimmeridgian soils of Burgundy, Champagne and the Northern Rhône Valley, and a micro-climate like Tasmania. Our terroir is truly exceptional and well suited to the cultivation of outstanding grapes.

De Beaurepaire Wines is located near the historic town of Rylstone. At 600 meters above sea level, our vineyard consists of 53 hectares of vines. The slopes are gentle, the nights very cool, the days warm and the soils rocky with plenty of limestone. The longer ripening periods and late harvesting of grapes produce classic cool-climate characteristics in our wines.

Terroir-Driven Cultivation & Wine Making

Like the French, we believe great wine is made in the vineyard. We have undertaken extensive research to truly understand our terroir. Why is this important? The vineyard management practices and clone selection required for our ultra-cool climate alkaline terroir are significantly different to those required for the more acidic terroir profiles in most Australian growing regions. In recognition of this, we undertake ongoing investment in research and experimentation to identify and develop vineyard management practices, operational approaches and wine-making specifications better suited to our temperature and soil profile.

To understand how different we are to most Australian wine growing regions in both micro-climate and soil profile, please refer to the following chart.

Similar Terroir to Major French Regions

This chart demonstrates the similarity of our terroir to the major French wine growing regions, and our uniqueness in Australia.
The points above reflect the averages for each region, based on published sources. Individual wineries may differ from the average on either scale. Sources: National Land & Water Resources Audit, 2004; Bureau of Meteorology; Assessing the pH and pH buffering capacity of Australian viticultural soils, Ben P. Thomas, Doug Reuter, Richard H. Merry and Ben Robinson

 

We believe great wine is made in the vineyard.

Precision Viticulture & Sustainability

Our terroir and vines are the lifeblood of our wines, so we actively care for the environment in which they are situated so they remain healthy for generations to come. Both low tech and high tech approaches are playing their part in our precision viticulture and sustainability journey.

We continuously improve our approaches and judiciously introduce new technology across all aspects of grape and wine production to support our enduring focus on raising the quality bar for grape cultivation, sustainably managing our natural resources, and nurturing our vine and soil health. For example, during the next 12 months we will introduce full GPS gridding down to the vine level and optical scanning of canopy and fruit of every vine.

We are a member of Entwine Australia, the Australian wine industry’s sustainability program, and are enrolled in the Freshcare Environmental Viticulture program.