Pewsey Vale is not an easy vineyard to manage - but they wouldn’t want it any other way.
The lean and hungry soils, high altitude, rocky outcrops and finicky micro-climate keep Darrell and Louisa working hard year-round to individually manage each block according to its specific needs. And it is these very attributes that produce superior quality grapes of exceptional flavour and character.
With an altitude varying between 485 and 500 metres, Pewsey Vale Vineyard sits 250m above the Barossa Valley floor. This means cooler temperatures and a long ripening period that extends well into autumn, perfect for the characteristic Rieslings we know and love.
Their beloved Contours block received formal organic certification in 2013. But Darrell also goes one step further – farming the site utilising holistic biodynamic practices to tease out the very best characteristics from these vines while nurturing the surrounding fauna and flora, which are so important to the biodiversity of the vineyard.