It is no surprise that the Pyrenees mountain range shares its name with the ruggedly beautiful area that divides France and Spain - sweeping vistas, a temperate climate and passion for petanque are similarities that go way beyond the name.

 

The Pyrenees foothills and ranges create a remarkable diversity of microclimates that provide a wealth of variety for winemakers. The Pyrenees is a quintessential Australian wine region, the vineyards appearing sporadically between the ever present eucalyptus trees. 

37° 09'S
Latitude
220-375m
Altitude
220mm
Growing season rainfall

Cabernet Sauvignon

The wines produced from Cabernet Sauvignon can possess a sumptuously rich mid palate, with flavours running from eucalypt mint through to black currant as well as the earthy characters that develop during maturation. 

Sauvignon Blanc

Produced by a number of makers, Sauvignon Blanc in the cooler years is showing distinctive varietal character. 

Shiraz

Sweet and rich fruit flavours with red/black cherry and dark chocolate the dominant flavours. Pepper and spice occasionally appear alongside strong, supple tannins that ensure these wines have good ageing potential. 

Top varieties grown in Pyrenees
Climate
  • The inland location gives rise to low midsummer relative humidity and to substantial diurnal temperature ranges in spring and early summer. 
  • Sunshine hours are generous but growing season rainfall is limited, making irrigation almost essential.  
  • White and sparkling wines now contribute to the reputation of the region but are better suited to the cooler south of the region. 
Soil
  • The soils are the common grey-brown and brown loamy sands and sandy loams, though tending to be heavy.  They are improved by the addition of gypsum and lime.  
  • Vine vigour is moderate, as are yields. Red sandstones are also present and are better suited to white or sparkling wines.