The History of Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard
Established in 1992, Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard is a sustainable, niche, boutique vineyard nestled high in the Adelaide Hills at Lenswood, South Australia.
The first wines were produced in 1997 and in 1998 the Cellar Door was opened, one of the first in the Adelaide Hills. Once an apple orchard in the 1950’s, the property is set on a steep sloping parcel of land 550 metres above sea level. In 2009, Sharon Pearson and Garry Sweeney took over the picturesque vineyard.
Sharon & Garry’s mission is to create cool climate premium wines from the distinctive terroir of the Lenswood vineyard and believe minimal intervention is the key to enable distinctive fruit flavours to shine through. Their focus is on creating single vineyard, estate grown wines which enhance the boutique nature of the vineyard and cellar door experience for visitors.
All vines are hand pruned and all grapes are handpicked. Typical of cool climate characteristics, Mt Lofty’s soil is rich with white quartz and sandstone, adding to the mineral crispness of the wine’s flavour.
Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard proudly adopts a sustainable, approach to farming and is home to koalas, kangaroos, echidnas and native birdlife, half of the property has been retained as pristine natural bushland.