The Belgravia vineyard was planted by the Hattersley family in 1996 and the first Belgravia-labelled wine was released in 2001.Belgravia produces limited quantities of excellent cool-climate fruit, each parcel crafter into 'hand-made' wines allowing the fruit's finger-print to shine.The vineyard lies between 650-710 metres above sea level and is located 22 kms north of Orange in the Orange GI. Since the vines were planted in 1996, an excellent team has been developed that understand both the individual vineyard and the region as a whole.
Three hours west of Sydney, the Orange wine region is emerging as a producer of Australia's finest cool-climate wines. It is defined as the area above 600m in the local government areas of Orange, Cabonne and Blayney. The region is well-suited for grape growing and winemaking due to a combination of geology, soils, climate and temperature. Together these factors combine to produce grapes and wine of distinct flavours and colour.Mount Canobolas, an important geological feature also plays its part, not only giving the district its rich basalt soils but also, because of its altitude, giving greater reliability to the rainfall. The climate perhaps plays the biggest part in giving Orange some distinct natural advantages - the cool temperatures during most of the growing season coupled with dry autumn conditions are ideal for grapegrowing.The region is planted to 60% red wine varieties and 40% white wine varieties. Of the red varieties in the Orange region, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon are the most widely planted with Merlot and Pinot Noir also gaining a following - Pinot Noir being particularly good at the higher altitude sites. In the white varieties Chardonnay is most widely planted followed by Sauvignon Blanc. The two varieties dominate the landscape with Sauvignon Blanc wearing the hat for most of the major awards won of late.
The Belgravia vineyard is 193 hectares comprising of 74 hectares of Shiraz, 46 hectares of Chardonnay, 29 hectares of Merlot, 25 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon, 4.5 hectares of Viognier, 4.5 hectares of Roussanne, 5 hectares of Traminer and 4.5 hectares of Riesling.We also source select parcels of premium quality fruit from high-altitude Mt Canobolas vineyards (over 1000m), the varieties include Pinot Gris, Sangiovese and Sauvignon Blanc.
2008 'Apex' Chardonnay - Gold (NSW Small Winemakers Show 2009)2005 Shiraz Viognier - Blue Gold (Sydney International Wine Competition 2007)2005 Chardonnay - Best Young Chardonnay in NSW (NSW Wine Awards 2007)2002 Woodland - Blue Gold (Sydney International Wine Competition 2004)