Quarry Hill is a family-owned vineyard situated just outside Canberra and is part of the Canberra cool-climate region, with elevations ranging from 630m up to 655m. Established in 1999 by Professor Deane Terrell at the end of his tenure as vice-chancellor of the Australian National University, it was named after a section of the property that provided stone for the construction of the Barton Highway.
Rock is a feature of the terraces that have been cut into the steep slope of the vineyard, which has a diversity of geology including granite, quartz, limestone and shale. The terraced rows face east, providing excellent morning sun exposure, and by management of the vine canopy on the western side, the intense afternoon sun can be controlled. The steepness of the vineyard has made it exceptionally frost-resistant, and the rocky soil ensures good drainage.
Much of the vineyard’s four and a half hectares are devoted to Shiraz, with smaller blocks of Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc, Savagnin, Grenache, Mataro/Mourvedre and Roussanne. The viticulture has emphasised delivery of low yields of high quality fruit, making for a range of distinctive wines that reflect the unique soils (and rock) of the vineyard.
While the vineyard does not have a cellar door, our wines are available at most bottle shops in the Canberra area, and we regularly do tastings at events such as the Handmade Markets, the Forage and the New Acton Cellar Door.
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