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Primo Estate has three vineyards in carefully chosen South Australian wine regions: McLaren Vale, Clarendon and Virginia. Owning the vineyards and managing them in sympathy with the environment is fundamental to growing the absolute best fruit possible. The winemaking team will occasionally source special parcels of quality grapes from outstanding growers when required.
Clarendon is a tiny sub-region of McLaren Vale with a history of producing wines of real finesse and elegance. Primo Estate's Angel Gully vineyard is a 13 hectare patch lying on a ridge above the Clarendon township.
The vineyard sits at an average altitude of 280 metres. This means that the air is a little cooler than the McLaren Vale valley floor and fruit typically ripens two weeks later.
The soil is a very shallow clay loam over solid shalestone. Once grown, the vines' roots are almost entirely in shalestone rock. The vines are dry grown, their roots seeking out the moisture trapped between the shalestone.
The Angel Gully vineyard is responsible for the JOSEPH Pinot Grigio d'Elena, JOSEPH Nebbiolo and JOSEPH Angel Gully Shiraz. Angel Gully also grows Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot for our flagship JOSEPH Moda and Riesling for the JOSEPH La Magia botrytis. Some Shiraz also goes into the Primo Estate Il Briccone and Shalestone Shiraz. Angel Gully grown Merlot is also essential for the vibrant character of the Primo Estate Merlesco.
Thirty minutes south of Adelaide this 6.5 hectare vineyard is situated in the heart of McLaren Vale and in the middle of the vines you will find our McLaren Vale cellar door and tasting room.
There are two soil types on the property. The light grey sand at the front hosts a patch of Merlot which is used in the Primo Estate Merlesco.
The classic black Bay of Biscay 'cracking' clay at the back of the property is planted with Shiraz` and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Shiraz makes an appearance in Primo Estate Il Briccone and our Shalestone Shiraz as well as the JOSEPH Sparkling Red.
The Cabernet Sauvignon forms the basis of the flagship JOSEPH Moda. This fruit is picked into special trays and left to air dry in an architecturally designed drying area that doubles (for most of the year) as a shaded car park for Cellar Door guests.
Come and see our beautiful McLaren Vale vineyard for yourself, visit our cellar door and tasting room; open seven days a week from 11am - 4pm.
The site of Primo Grilli's original 1973 vineyard planting now occupies a total of 18 hectares near the township of Virginia, 30 km north of Adelaide, South Australia.
Abundant sunshine, fertile sandy/loam alluvial soils and the availability of good bore water means that healthy grapes can be produced with a minimum amount of input. The Gulf of St Vincent is only 3 km away bringing refreshing sea breezes which are a hallmark of the Adelaide Plains region.
This vineyard is almost entirely devoted to producing Colombard grapes for Primo Estate's most popular wine, La Biondina.
Some Chardonnay, Riesling, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon is grown here for our exclusive mailing list only 'Virginia Vineyard' wines.
A portion of the Shiraz crop goes into the base wine for the JOSEPH Sparkling Red.
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