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.