The Hilltops wine region is cool-climate, with the bulk of the vineyards lying at an altitude of around 450 metres. The region has a continental climate, with relatively cool Winters and rainfall throughout Autumn and Winter. The Summer months bring hot, dry days and cooler nights that complement the ripening season.
The area was first planted to vines as far back as the 1860’s, when Croatian immigrants established vineyards for the refreshment of those involved in the gold mining industry. However the commercial viticulture industry took hold in the early 1980’s with the establishment of the Barwang vineyard. Since that time, McWilliam’s have been a key driving force in the growth and development of the area as a premium wine region.
Since the 1980’s the region has gone from strength to strength. The cool climate conditions, high altitude and diurnal temperature fluctuations provide a perfect environment for the production of premium wines, in particular of the Cabernet and Shiraz varieties.
FACTS ABOUT HILLTOPS
On the slopes of the Great Dividing Range, the Hilltops wine region provides cool-climate and high altitude conditions for winemaking.
Latitude: 34° South
Growing Season Rainfall: 450-660m
Mean January Temperature: 22.5° Celsius
Harvest: Late March - May
Principal Grape Varieties: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay