Often McLaren Vale is compared with the Mediterranean climate, warm sunny days with fresh sea breezes from the nearby Gulf of St Vincent to temper the hot summer days. Its proximity to the Mount Lofty Ranges sees the cool gully winds fall down from the hills in the late evening and early morning, chilling the grapes to retain crisp acidity and structure. Good winter rainfall (580-700mm) and low relative humidity ensure consistency of ripening and premium quality fruit. Frost is rare, as is rain before vintage. McLaren Vale is considered one of the safest wine growing regions in Australia.

McLaren Vale contains a wide diversity of 'terroirs', that is climatic landform and soil conditions which exist in a particular site within the region. Elevation ranges from 100 metres increasing to approximately 320 metres in the eastern parts. A wide variety of soils are found within the region. They range from fertile red brown earth, terra rossa soils, dark cracking ' Biscay' soils, sandy soils, and light loam over clay soils.

Grandeur Wellington enjoys a healthy relationship with nearby farmers and contracts their fruit on a yearly basis. This gives us a larger more versatile selection of highly graded fruit to choose from. We are also privilege to have fruit from vines over 100 years old in this selection. Seaview-Heading north from the main street of McLaren Vale leads to a line of steep hills. This sub-region is known as Seaview. The soils in this region are highly variable from red earth clay on limestone to sand on limestone to grey loam on clay. The common factor is the thin layer of topsoil, which is among the poorest in the region, resulting in frequently low cropping yields and low vigour. Hill tops in the Seaview sub-region experience warm nights and cool afternoon sea breezes while valleys experience cold air drainage off the range as it flows towards the sea at night. Vines on the hilltops generally ripen early and produce peppery spicy bold wines, while vines in the valleys ripen considerably later producing wines with bold ripe dark plum characters. Shiraz and Grenache are excellent.

Blewitt Springs is a township within this region and is the furthest from the sea. It has the highest altitude, highest rainfall, and coolest winters of the valley. The deep sandy soils encourage gradual ripening in dry years, producing soft, luscious and fruity wines. Half our vines are not irrigated (Dry Grown) producing intense colour and flavour. Our oldest vines are 45 to 50 year old Grenache and Shiraz.

Shiraz is harvested from late February to early April. McLaren Vale Shiraz displays pronounced berry and spice characters with some dark chocolate and liquorice, while Shiraz from cooler sub-regions exhibits defined ripe raspberry characters. McLaren Vale Shiraz is renowned for its great softness and rolling palate. McLaren Vale naturally produces Shiraz that has very small berries. Smaller berries have a higher skin to pulp ratio. Berry skin contains flavanols ('flavour' in wine), Anthocyanins (colour) and other complex molecules that add to wine complexity. Small berries make more intense Shiraz wine.

Cabernet Sauvignon is harvested in late March. Less famous than McLaren Vale Shiraz, but equally enchanting, Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale continues to display the rich ripe characters that typify wines from this region. Violet and blackcurrant flavours, vibrant plum, mint and edges of liquorice and a touch of McLaren Vale's trademark dark chocolate character are common.

Grenache is harvested in late April. It is the ancient type of vine widely planted in France and Spain. It is the backbone of many of the world's red. Grenache vines in the district date over 120 years. Since the late 1990s Grenache has been enjoying a resurgence of popularity as table wine. The soils of McLaren Vale are particularly suited to this variety. In the best vintages Grenache displays nuances of plum, mulberry and tobacco leaf, spice and mint characters with earthy overtones.