We make our red wines exclusively from grapes we grow at our family owned and operated Bundaleer Vineyard, planted in the Bundaleer Gardens, on the edge of the Bundaleer Forest, located 200 km north of Adelaide on the outskirts of the mid north community of Jamestown. The region is just 70 km north of the famous Clare Valley and is part of the Southern Flinders Ranges GI (Geographical Indication.)
The microclimate of the Bundaleer Gardens is particularly suited to grape growing with cool, wet winters (generally averaging 600mm of rainfall per year) and long sunny days throughout summer, providing a longer ripening period. The soil is a sandy loam over deep clay. The vineyard is irrigated via a dam recently built on the site. There are now 25 acres under vine, with equal plantings of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Shiraz grapes were planted in December 1998 and the Cabernet in 1999.
In the 1890's, the Bundaleer Gardens was known as the “fruit bowl of the mid-north,” and the area provided pears, mulberry, oranges, lemons, table grapes and roses for the local and Adelaide markets. Eventually, though, increasing transport costs from the region meant the industry was no longer viable.
Australia’s oldest planted forest, Forestry SA describes the Bundaleer Forest as “the birthplace of forestry in Australia.” Today, with the Heysen and Mawson Trails passing through, it is an attraction for ecotourists and a retreat for locals. It has become the centre of a vibrant local cultural life with the Bundaleer Festival, now a biennial event. www.forestrysa.gov.au
A number of other Bundaleer brands have also emerged in the tourism and food industries, an alternative to the local farming industry – Bundaleer Lamb, Bundaleer Stud, Bundaleer Honey, Bundaleer Cottage, and the acclaimed North Bundaleer Homestead.