Our Vineyard

in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel

Mewstone Vineyard

The Mewstone Vineyard lies on the banks of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel in the farmland of Flowerpot. The gently north-facing slopes capture the cool southern sunshine to produce premium winemaking grapes. The vineyard is protected from the harsh prevailing westerly winds by the hills that rise quickly from the water. The soils are predominantly duplex soils formed on Jurassic dolerite. This consists of loam textured topsoil over a sandy loam horizon on clay subsoil.

The original two hectares were planted with a focus primarily on Pinot Noir. The other varieties were Chardonnay, Riesling and Syrah. The vines were planted to 1.8m wide rows with vine spacings of 1.2m, giving us 4630 vines per hectare. We have a canopy height of 1.1 meters to capture as much sunshine as possible. More recently we have planted another 1.6 hectares consisting mainly of Chardonnay to take our total plantings to 5.2HA.

The vineyard is hand pruned and the fruit hand-picked with the help of family and friends. We manage the vineyard from the ground up. The extra effort put into ensuring a vibrant ecosystem below the ground translates into quality fruit on the vines above. Through extensive use of mulches, composts and compost teas we have been able to continually improve our soils. We think you can taste the difference.

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