Fighting Gully Road Vineyard

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.

Smith’s Vineyard

The Smiths vineyard was first established by Peter and Di Smith on the outskirts of Beechworth in 1978. This was the first to be planted in the region in the modern era; the last being Brown Brothers Everton Hills vineyard in 1945.
The vineyard is planted in red Ordovician mudstone soils at an elevation of 550 metres above sea level with a south and easterly aspect.
Planted to four acres of Chardonnay; one of Cabernet Sauvignon and a third of Merlot, the fruit was sold to Brown Brothers for many years before the family decided to establish their own brand.
In 2009 when the decision was made to cease wine production we were quick to lease the vineyard, with the first vintage of Chardonnay made under the Fighting Gully Road brand in 2010.
After five years of renovation the vineyard is now back to full production; the vines being guyot pruned and vertically shoot positioned. Given the vines age, the fruit and subsequent wine produced is concentrated yet has elegance only found in cool climate wines.