Hill River Clare Estate is a 180 ha vineyard which was purchased in 2010 and adjoins our farming land.
The vineyard was originally purchased in 1980 from the Lloyd family by Penfolds.
Our manager, Harry, started soon after as a vineyard hand and continues on with us today as Manager.
There are 15 different varieties of grapes planted.
The soil ranges from a deep grey and red loam to a red brown soil over broken clay and slate on higher ground.
The Clare Valley region's cool climate and high elevation make it an ideal location for producing premium wines.
Our vineyard sits at an elevation of 430m and has an average rainfall of 625mm predominately through winter with the summer period tending to be dry with cooler nights.
A light application of manure is applied to the vineyard annually to cover any nutrient requirements.
Straw from the farm is used under vine rows to suppress weeds and retain moisture on white varieties except in frost prone blocks.
Hill River Clare Estate make a small portion of bottled wine exclusive to our cellar door and on-line sales.
The balance of our premium cool climate grapes are supplied to a small group of loyal customers.