In the 2022 Vintage when crops everywhere were well down, we doubled our harvest to 34 ton from the old vines. We have continued working the old vines, cultivating and sowing grasses between rows and we are looking forward to an even better result in 2023.
Nestled in a sheltered valley our vineyard, like many others, has its own unique micro climate. Building on advice from old locals who have worked the Long Gully Vineyards over the years, our vineyard manager Simon and winemaker Jerry, are always working to blend modern sustainable agricultural practice with wise advice from experienced friends.
We work to understand the intricacies of our terroir and experience the sense of place created by the interaction of our soils, climate and topography.
Site Specific Characteristics
Harvest for Vintage 2022
Nicolas and a much older Russell bringing in Sauvignion Blanc
A premier region
The Yarra Valley landscape is one of gentle rolling hills, with the valley floor at an elevation of approximately 200 metres above sea level. The climate is cool to mild, with warm days and cool nights – ideal growing conditions for the classic cool-climate grape varieties.
With over eighty vineyards dispersed throughout Healesville, Coldstream, Yarra Glen, Seville and Lilydale, the Yarra Valley is Australia’s premier cool-climate region, and is renowned for its Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, and méthode traditionnelle sparkling wines.
The Dandenong Ranges rise to the east of the Yarra Valley, providing protection from hot easterly winds and also creating a rain shadow effect, which further contributes to the region’s moderate climate.
The Yarra Valley is Victoria’s oldest wine region – the valley got its start, right back in the mid-nineteenth century, producing fine table wines as made by the early European settlers. By 1890, the Yarra Valley produced 60% of the total wine output in Australia. However, as Australian tastes developed more towards fortified styles, such as sherry or port, the older European wine styles fell out of favour and, by 1921, the last vintage of the valley was crushed. The vine age of the valley reflects the age of the wineries in the region, so unlike the Hunter or Barossa Valley, the vines here all date from the 1960s. The re-emergence of the Yarra Valley wine industry, that Long Gully was no small part of, began in the 1960s and, with the exception of the pandemic years, has gathered pace ever since.
Let's Get Together!
With our new Cellar Door currently under construction, we look forward to meeting you on the property in the new year.