Late in 2015, Terre à Terre took over management of one of the oldest vineyards of the Adelaide Hills, Charles “Chilly” Hargrave’s vineyard which is located in Summertown, in the Piccadilly Valley.
It is planted with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (some of the first plantings in the Adelaide Hills in 1987) and the fruit has always been used for sparkling wine – and some years for top end table Chardonnay.
The Summertown vineyard is planted on a north south ridge. The 1987 Chardonnay plantings are on a gentle west facing slope, coming from cuttings from The Tiers Vineyard nearby, and have always been cane pruned. The Pinot Noir plantings sit on the top and the very steep eastern flank of the ridge (mostly spur pruned, using various clones with plantings in occurring progressively in 1987, 1992 and 2010).
From the 2016 vintage, Terre à Terre will continue the long established tradition and use the Chardonnay and the Pinot for sparkling wine for our Daosa label. We have also converted part of the 1992 Pinot Noir plantings to cane pruning to control yields and would like to produce a Piccadilly Valley Pinot Noir under our Terre à Terre label. Exciting times ahead!