Blackwood Valley Wine Region By James Halliday

Discover the wineries within this wine region. Use our Region Guide and map to help you plan your next winery visit and to learn more about this region. This content is taken from James Halliday’s Wine Atlas of Australia, which is available to buy in the Wine Companion bookshop.

Discover the wine and wineries of the Blackwood Valley

Discover the Blackwood Valley with James Halliday's Wine Atlas of Australia

The Blackwood Valley has long been a mixed farming region, with orchards and the odd patch of table grapes representing diversification from grazing. The first wine grapevines were planted by the Fairbrass family in 1976 at what is now called Blackwood Crest, inspired in part by the table grapes grown by Max Fairbrass’s grandfather on the same property in the north- eastern corner of the region.

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Fast Facts

  • Latitude:
    34°00’S
  • Altitude:
    100–340 m
  • Heat degree days:
    1578
  • Growing season rainfall:
    219 mm
  • Mean January temp:
    20.7°C
  • Harvest:
    Late February to early April
  • Chief viticultural hazard:
    Spring frost

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