Climate & Soils

The Beechworth wine region, while relatively small encompasses many climatic niche’s. Vineyard sites can be found between 300m and 800m above sea level (a.s.l).
Annual rainfall increases with elevation. The western and lower extremity of the region receives around 600mm, through Beechworth at 550m a.s.l with 900mm; and Stanley, found at nearly 800m a.s.l receiving around 1200mm.

The Fighting Gully Road site is planted at elevations between 530 and 580m a.s.l. The heat degree day summation averages around 1600; and it received around 850mm rainfall per year. The vineyard is characterised by prevailing winds from the north-west. During the growing season these breezes have lower levels of humidity and ensure that the vines have restrained vegetative growth and remain disease free. Days are cool but the slopes surrounding the vineyard ensure cold night air drains away, so only the very lowest reaches of the vineyard are susceptible to spring frost.

The Beechworth wine region has two major and distinctly different soil types. Devonian granite intrusions into an older Ordovician mudstone to the north of the township; to the east at Mt Stanley and to the south under the Murmungee basin heated and hardened the sedimentary rock reducing its erodability. This resulted in reasonable expanses of red soils being found at elevation, wedged between the granites that would have otherwise eroded over the millennia.

The northern segment of the wine region is primarily granite derived soils; while to the south are formed from mudstones. The Fighting Gully Road vineyard is located on the extreme southern edge of the region on decomposed shales and mudstone.

The soils are extremely well drained allowing access to vineyard machinery under almost any circumstances.