Echo Ridge's primary vineyard estate in located in NSW's Lower Hunter Valley in Pokolbin and is managed by Vineyard Manager Dale Mitchell.
Over 100 acres of prime vineyard district land makes up our picturesque Vineyard and Olive Grove Estate. Plantings on this Vineyard include Chardonnay, Semillon, Shiraz, Verdelho and Petit Verdot. Drip irrigation to each vine row ensures vine health and consistency of fruit quality. Processing practices tailored to each variety ensures Echo Ridge produces only superior quality wines with the finest of flavours.
Sustainability matters to all of us. Here are some of the other things we do in our vineyards and at our winery to make a difference:
- Employ solar-powered weather stations with wireless telemetry to relay data - benefiting water consumption and irrigation needs.
- Left wildlife corridors uninterrupted in our estate vineyards, allowing wildlife to travel to natural sources of water, shelter and food.
- Collect rainwater through harvest tanks off our buildings and equipment sheds
- Drip irrigation to minimize water usage.
- Exercise natural farming solutions to keep water and the environment cleaner.
- Practice water conservation and recycling.
- Use recycled paper whenever possible for our wine labels and promotional materials.
On our estates, soil types are carefully selected to develop the full characteristics of individual fruit varieties: Semillon is located on well-drained sandy loam soils, Chardonnay on well-drained alluvial creek flat soils and Shiraz on fertile red clay soils.
Viticulturists consider pruning to be both an art and a science.
Pruning is a critical winter task in the Echo Ridge vineyards, when our crews carefully cut back the vines while they are dormant. Proper pruning modifies the size and form of the vine, making it a better producer of high quality fruit. Pruning also aids in balancing vegetative growth and fruit production.
The size and shape of the vine is the result of the grape variety and the climate, but the way vines are pruned, trellised and spaced is also critical.
What the pruner decides to leave becomes the basis for the next year's crop. If pruned too severely, the vine's fruitfulness and strength may be compromised. Conversely, if pruned too little, the vine will push out too many shoots and leaves, producing too much fruit and becomes unbalanced. The overabundance of fruit means the crop will have a hard time ripening, which could lead to fewer shoots and stunted growth in subsequent seasons.
Mature vines should be pruned yearly to remove all growth except new one-year old fruiting canes and/or renewal spurs. Clusters are produced on shoots that grow from buds on one-year-old canes.