Wine Region: Gundagai, Australia
Vineyard Area: 202 hectares
Vineyard Location: 35.0956ºS; 147.9005ºE
Average Temperature: 22 degrees Celsius
Vineyard: Respecting the fundamentals of nature.
Soil: Tumblong Estates vineyard’s soil type is a red clay loam over a friable B horizon made up of Ironstone, Quartz and a little Shale.
Perched on a gentle slope overlooking the Murrumbidgee River, the Tumblong Hills site was deemed ideal for growing premium fruit after an exhaustive selection process by some of the world’s finest wine professionals. Chosen for its ironstone-rich volcanic soils, warm days and cool nights during ripening, the vineyard pioneered Gundagai’s modern winemaking history, boasting the most expansive planting for the region in the 1990s.
Two decades on, the Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon vines have achieved full maturity, producing enticingly rich and complex fruit. Beyond the early plantings, the vineyard also boasts exceptional Nebbiolo, Barbera, Sangiovese, Nero D’Avola and Grenache vines with additional red and white varieties on the horizon. All of Tumblong Hills wines are 100% grown on our estate, except our Tumbarumba Chardonnay which is sourced from our close friends Ian and Lise Bell from the Maragle Valley.
Tumblong Hills Estate
A word on Environmental Sustainability
At Tumblong Hills, our sustainable environmental practices create a healthy vine micro-climate, which we believe produce a better and more reliable harvest of higher-quality wine grapes. We believe in the continuous improvement of our practices and in respecting the fundamentals of nature for the benefit of future generations.
Sustainably maintaining a superior soil structure is integral to all vineyard practices at Tumblong Hills. We achieve this in part by repurposing vineyard organic waste and encouraging a diverse mix of pasture plant species. Our organic-rich topsoil, known as humus, contains beneficial micro-organisms that maintain soil health and provide an ideal environment for the vines to feed naturally, which offsets the need for artificial fertilisers. With a focus on healthy soil diversity, our preference is to under-vine till, and to utilise neighbouring sheep to seasonally graze our vineyard pastures. Our healthy soils have an enhanced ability to retain moisture, reducing our reliance on water drawn from our magnificent and precious neighbour, the Murrumbidgee River.
Our ethos in the vineyard is simple: better soil structure, better grape cell structure giving a better wine structure.
Tumblong Hills is a proud member of Sustainable Winegrowing.
Tumblong Hills Estate
Located 160 kilometres southwest of Canberra, along the foothills of New South Wales’ picturesque Snowy Mountains, Gundagai is the historical crossing point of the Murrumbidgee River – and it is as rich with red volcanic soils as it is with Australian folklore. While most of today’s vineyards in the region were planted throughout the 1990s, vineyards thrived in the area as far back as 1877 and bush poetry and ballads carved a place for Gundagai in Australian hearts as early as the 1900s.
Gundagai’s landscape is not only incredibly beautiful, but the nearby Snowy Mountains encourage cool evening breezes throughout the growing season, which helps preserve delicate, complex fruit characters, and the vibrant, ironstone-rich soil is particularly ideal for producing powerful, yet elegant, medium-bodied dry reds.