SCHUBERT ESTATE VINEYARD
Geologically, the Barossa Valley has some of the oldest vineyard soils in the world that are over 500 million years old. Since that time, the rock and soil has weathered creating a lot of diversity and complexity within the region.
The Barossa Valley is one of the oldest and most famous wine growing regions in Australia. Its rich wine history dates back to the first settlement here in South Australia in the early 1840’s.
After planting various agricultural crops farmer-settlers discovered that the warm and fertile valley floor soils were perfect for grape production. Early grape plantings were for the production of fortified wines (Ports and Brandies) which were generally made from varieties such as Shiraz and Grenache.
As a consequence, there are lot of these old grape vines still producing wine today. In fact, the Barossa Valley is home to both the oldest Shiraz (1843) and the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon (1886) vines in the world.
By the mid-1950s Australian consumers were moving away from the fortified styles of wine to dry red consumption. In most recent times winemakers are honing in on producing site specific single vineyard wines that reflect the true expression of what the Barossa Valley has to offer.
Source: Barossa Grape & Wine
Marananga is a sub region located in the north western corner of the Barossa Valley.
Millions of years ago, the north west part of the Barossa Valley was under the ocean. Many sedimentary deposits, which, through the weathering action of air and water produced iron oxides that have conglomerated into ironstone ridges, a feature of Marananga.
The soils within the Marananga sub-region are wide and varied but to generalise they are predominately red-yellow brown loams over red clay. Pink quartzite and ironstone deposits are visible on many ridgelines and hillsides.
Schubert Estate Vineyard
We are fortunate to be located in one of the most prestigious strips of vineyard real estate in the country, Roennfeldt Road in Marananga a sub region of the Barossa Valley. Our neighbors include vineyards owned by Greenock Creek, Torbreck, Two Hands and Penfolds.
The Schubert Estate vineyard covers approximately 16 hectares (40 acres) of vines separated into 5 distinct vineyard blocks, differentiated by different soil profiles, elevation and topography.
We have 14.5 hectares (36 acres) of Shiraz planted to several grape vine clones. As well as 1.6 hectares (4 acres) of the white grape Viognier. All vines are planted on their own rootstocks. The age of the vines is between 25-30 years old.
The vines are cane pruned and low yielding, generally less than 2 tonnes per acre. Our vineyard philosophy is low intervention viticulture and we has implemented new practices to improve soil-vine health.