Howards Lane Vineyard
Producers of Premium Australian Wines in the Cool Climate Southern Highlands Region of NSW
The Vineyard Howards Lane Vineyard spreads below the northern slopes of the Gibbergunyah bushland, adjoining Bowral and Mittagong. Views from the farm range over the undulating hills of the Southern Highlands and at dusk yellow-tailed wallabies emerge from the bush to graze close to the Cellar Door. Corrie vineyard, one of the first established in the region, ten years ago, is planted to Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon producing at most just 8,000 bottles a year.
The secret of this region’s growing reputation as a source of premium wines is in the slow ripening of the fruit, with harvesting as late as April or May. The farm is 800m at its peak ensuring ‘cool climate’ growing conditions. Crop levels are reduced, there is minimal irrigation and the resulting small berries ensure a high ratio of skin to juice thus enhancing the flavours of the wine. Newly developed McCourt Vineyard is well on the way to doubling Howards Lane production within a few years, introducing Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc to our range of wines.
Our vines are pruned by hand and the grapes are selectively hand harvested allowing for only the finest of the crop to be used for wine-making. Local peasants, that is friends and family, ensure that harvest is a happy, albeit exhausting, time. There are panoramic views of the beautiful Gibbergunyah Forest from the deck and the property is ideally situated for a picnic after a walk through the Reserve.