Our 25 acre Barossa Valley property was settled in 1852 by Christian and Louise Hemmerling from Klastawe in the Province of Posen, Prussia.
One of their daughters, Bertha, married Andreas Zanker and from 1878 they continued to live here with their children Helene, Agnes, Bruno, Rosa and Edwin. Andreas had a small planting of vines and worked at the Seppeltsfield Winery nearby for nearly 50 years as a cellarman. Their original 1860s cottage still stands proudly adjacent to the vineyard and provides luxury accommodation for visitors.
When we bought the property in 1993, the land was cropped and the old Grenache vines had long gone. In 1999, we established our 10 acre vineyard consisting of 5 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and 5 acres of Shiraz. The vines are all grafted on phylloxera resistant rootstock.
The vineyard is located in the north western corner of the Barossa Valley at historic Seppeltsfield. This region, which encompasses Marananga, Greenock and Seppeltsfield is now world renowned for the iconic wines being produced here.
Planted on the gentle east facing slope of Patterson Hill, our vines are adjacent to Greenock Creek which meanders through our property and our next door neighbours include Hentley Farm Wines and Seppeltsfield Wines, so we are in good company!
Agroecology is concerned with the maintenance of a productive agriculture that sustains yields and optimizes the use of local resources while minimizing the negative environmental and socio-economic impacts of modern technologies.
We believe that flavour and quality of our fruit can be achieved using environmentally safe and sustainable growing methods. This results in more balanced growth, and the vines are much stronger and have a higher disease resistance.
Our vineyard practices include:
- The use of concentrated humates to establish strong biological activity and develop soil structure and humus which also improves water-holding capacity.
- Soil & vine leaf testing to ensure all essential nutrients and elements are present and in balance.
- Minimal, monitored water application to the vines via drip irrigation.
- Annual green manure crop (usually legumes) planted mid row to give lots of green material to provide nutrition and organic matter when turned in to the soil at early flowering.
- Soil mounding and mulching undervine for moisture retention.
- Minimal vineyard traffic to prevent soil compaction.