Vineyards are found at altitudes ranging from 300 to 800 metres (984 to 2624 feet). Vines have been grown in Tumbarumba since 1982 and currently there are more than 25 vineyards in the region. Due to the region's colder climate, the majority of the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are used for sparkling wine. However, when conditions allow, both grape varieties have been used to produce still wine. Vines were established at Tumbarumba in 1982.

 

Tumbarumba is a charming town offering an unspoilt experience for visitors.  The dramatic peaks of the Snowy Mountains to the east, the bubbling streams and green fields offer a peaceful, gentle ambience. The cool climate wines on offer are something to savour, especially when matched with regional food.

34° 36'S
Latitude
300-800m
Altitude
375mm
Growing season rainfall

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the most important variety in Tumbarumba producing elegant wines with fresh acidity and restrained flavours of peach and citrus. It is also used as a base for top quality sparkling wine.

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is an important variety for sparkling wine production and produces light bodied, fragrant and delicate red wines.

Top varieties grown in Tumbarumba
Climate
  • Tumbarumba's climate is cool but no more so than the climate of the Yarra Valley. There are a number of other factors that affect the region’s climate: high sunshine hours with brilliant light, cold summer nights and a late start to the growing season.  
  • Frost is an ever-present viticultural threat and its presence dictates the necessity for careful site selection and management.  
  • Extremely cold night temperatures can cause problems and, as such, elevation is a significant factor in determining varietal choice.  
Soil
  • These are typical high mountain soils, derived from decomposed granite and basalt, with a typically gritty and granular texture.  
  • The choice of viticultural site is chiefly determined by aspect and slope (sufficiently steep to promote good air drainage at night and thus minimise the risk of frost).