The Vineyard

 Located in Central Victoria, Sugarloaf Creek Estate is situated on the boundaries of the Goulburn Valley, Upper Goulburn and Macedon Ranges wine regions in the rolling hills of the Great Dividing Range. The location of the property is perfect for cool climate viticulture leading to a long and slow ripening period for the fruit.
 
The soil is rich, black volcanic with red clay deep below that holds on to water through the driest conditions. We therefore employ no artificial means of irrigation relying purely on rainfall and the excellent properties of our terroir. The result of ‘dry farm’ viticulture is that the berries, bunches and overall yields are often smaller intensifying the fruit flavours in the wine.
 
Established by the Blyth and Hunter families in the 1990’s the vines have been planted and nurtured to maturity by hand. The entire vineyard is planted with Shiraz PT23 on vertical shoot positioned (VSP) trellis. Each vine is carefully spur-pruned, trained, trimmed, thinned and picked by hand to encourage the highest quality fruit possible from the site. The vineyard block slopes towards the east, high on a hill to minimise any potential frost damage.
 
Weed control in the vineyard is managed by our cute and friendly flock of Southdown Baby Doll sheep ably captained by Craig, the Ram.
 
The historic 1860’s homestead was built by the Zwar Family and did previously include a small vineyard as well as operating for a time as a turkey farm!  The property is now home to James and Julie Hunter and their young family.