Sam recalls growing up on the vineyard he had an early fascination and curiosity in the process of grape growing and winemaking after accompanying his father in the truck each vintage to deliver our grapes to local wineries. The noise, equipment and general hype around the winery hooked him in. On reflection he remembers asking an older winemaker at the time what he thought of the job; his answer…. “don’t do it mate!”. Some days he admits he still feel this sentiment though it does pass when good plans come to and end with a Yarran wine being enjoyed on someone’s table.
Yarran Vineyards and Sustainability.
For the last 10 years at Yarran there has been a continued focus on developing our vineyard to a lower yielding, higher quality, more efficient and sustainable operation. In recent times we have embarked on organically farming part of the vineyard and in the next year we will see the certification process nearing completion. In conjunction with organics we have been using a number of techniques such as hand pruning, foliage positioning and shoot thinning which are very hands on but the increase in fruit flavours and intensity is worth the extra work. We have also replanted parts of the vineyard to varieties (such as Montepulciano) that really suit the warm, dry region and are more sustainable in the longer term.
We are currently using solar power for some of our energy needs but will also be installing more solar in the coming months. Within the winery we have converted our winemaking to remove any animal products in the process and are making wines with lower preservatives and less inputs.
Here at ValeVino we are super proud to have available a select range of Yarran wines for your enjoyment.