As most wine lovers know, the only way to make great wine is to start with perfect grapes. Our winegrapes are grown in selected prestige vineyards in the Eden Valley, Adelaide Hills and Barossa regions.
To ensure the highest quality grapes we apply a range of trellising systems including vertical shoot positioning, catch-wire and single cordon systems. We utilise spur-pruning for a moderate canopy, to prevent excessive vigour which can reduce grape quality while maintaining appropriate shading for the hot summer months. Shoot topping is used to moderate summer growth and maximise fruit-set, with regulated deficit irrigation applied from then until vintage.
Modern sustainable practices are employed to ensure soil biological health, with minimal herbicide application and tillage, and careful application of soil nutrients through compost, mulch and fertigation.
The berries are tested for ripeness from veraison onwards so that the ideal harvest date can be selected to produce Fernfield’s customary fruit-forward wine style.
Welcome to Fernfield, a place where we are passionate about creating an escape for your senses, tucked away in our little valley. We work to bring you something special through our wine, focusing on only making small batches of wine with the utmost attention to detail. We have a range of influences from exploring the beautiful Bordeaux region of France, working with Wolf Blass Wines, our wonderful predecessors the Lillecrapps and the beautiful Eden Valley terroir.
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Meet Scott and Bec, a young couple who, after a life-changing car accident, left their stable lives behind to fulfil their dream of owning a winery. The talented existing owners generously took them under their tutelage to pass on their traditional, hand crafted techniques. This is a genuine family owned and operated boutique winery.
With backgrounds in agriculture and chemical engineering they are perfectly placed to craft premium wines, from careful and sustainable vineyard management through meticulously controlled winemaking using a combination of traditional practices with modern analytical methods. Restaurant Australia
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A dramatic, life-changing event altered the destiny of this young couple that turned a near tragedy into a winemaking dream fulfilled
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Our winery has consistently won trophies and receives impressive reviews, notably three overall class trophy's / top golds at the Barossa Wine Show, Gold at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show as well as international wine awards.
We have been recognised in the Adelaide Advertiser top 100 - described at the ‘Perfect Blend’, with great ratings from other reviewers, regular 90+ points by James Halliday, and a four star winery review by James Halliday for consistently delivering high quality wine.
After our grapes are hand-picked and gently de-stemmed, they are fermented with meticulous round-the-clock hand-plunging, to gently extract the best colours, flavours and aromas.
The wine is then pressed using the traditional basket-pressing method. This hand-processing allows us to push the boundaries of fruit concentration while avoiding the harsh, herbaceous tannins which can be released from pumping over or heavy mechanical pressing.
Our reds are aged for 18 to 36 months in French and American oak, with the special care and attention only boutique wineries can provide, to ensure we obtain the optimal balance of depth and oak characteristics without overpowering the fruit flavours.