Old Hill

The vines on the old hillside have seen three centuries, countless droughts and adversity, and they are now as much a part of that land as the soil and earth.

English immigrant Charles King planted the Old Hill Vineyard on rich, volcanic soils in Pokolbin in 1880. The particular volcanic structure found on the Old Hill, formed over millions of years, can only be found in a small number of patches in the Hunter Valley. These sites create distinctive, earthy reds with the structure and fruit intensity to last decades.

Location

Pokolbin, Lower Hunter Valley, NSW

Elevation

130-165m

Size

3.11ha

Vine Orientation

North-South

Vines Per Hectare

1790

Row Spacing

3.6m

Vine Spacing

1.5m

Soil Type

Red and yellow Podzolic over medium clays

Trellising

Vertical Shoot Positioning

Irrigation

Drip irrigation

Harvest

February; entirely handpicked