Portia Valley Wines owns and operates over 100 acres of vineyards in the Riverland wine grape growing region of South Australia. The vineyards are Australian Certified Organic (Producer Number 10936A) and were planted between 1990-2005. Majority of the vines were planted on their own roots with a diverse range of clone stock and selected varieties used. The varieties we have planted are Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Chardonnay.
The vineyard is irrigated by drip irrigation with moisture monitoring and good drainage. Vintage is from late January until mid April each year, and harvesting is all done by machine in the cool of the night. Fortunately, our dry environment rarely has rainfall during harvest so there are few factors during this time that can spoil the fruit of our labour.
Wine made from organic grapes is made to a strict set of winemaking procedures that comply with the international “IFOAM” Organic standard. IFOAM stands for International Federation Organic Agricultural Movement. The process is audited annually, followed with accredited testing by our certifying body: Australian Certified Organic Pty Ltd.
Ultimately, the quality and characteristics of the organically grown grapes determines quality of the wine. However, there are many factors that influence both grape quality and the wine making process. Portia Valley make sure through our technical and structured approach that we maximise the quality of product we extract from the wine grape. The result is great quality, full bodied wine which is organic, and chemical residue free.