Two Dragons Vineyard

About

Our goal is to make wine with frontage to the Finniss River this quality fully certified organic propert. While we mainly sell our grapes to wineries to make award winning wines, we also have some of our own made. We grow our vines with organic inputs and minimal watering as we’ve only got one planet.

Location Description

Situated on the eastern slopes of Mt Observation next to the River Finniss in South Australia we are in the Currency Creek wine growing region.

Features

  • Producing premium South Australian red wine and Dorper sheep.

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Winemaker

Our winemaker is now Vanessa Altmann. She is the winemaker we have been looking for for years!

Practices & Techniques

While we mainly sell our grapes to wineries to make award winning wines, we also have some of our own made - our first vintage was in 2001. The Shiraz vines were planted in 1998 and later we chose the Spanish variety Tempranillo. The first small harvest from the Tempranillo was in 2005 and was added to our Shiraz to make our 2005 “Shiraz with a Dash” which, alas, has now sold out.

We grow our vines with organic inputs and minimal watering as we’ve only got one planet. Over winter our Dorper sheep spend their time in the vineyard eating happily and fertilising the vineyard at the same time which is much better than mowing with machinery or poisoning the weeds. We use organic products if and when we spray and if and when we fertilise. Along with limited watering this leads to flavoursome delicious wines that aren’t full of chemicals and definitely will give you a warm inner glow.

The vines are hand pruned and the mainly machine picked. For people who want to have smaller tonnages or less than a tonne we will help them hand pick.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

The grapes we grow are mainly Shiraz and Tempranillo. We also have a little plot of Riesling Italico and cuttings from a yet to be formally identified old vine that we found growing near the local fire station. This might be a type of Pedro and makes great eating.

Our vineyard and farm is operated with a focus especially on building up the soil and the careful use of water. We have been growing our grapes organically for many years and we are now formally certified organic with NASAA.

We also allocate a large proportion of the property to re-vegetation and the care of remnant native plants, as well as looking after the river which is our northern boundary.

Our vines live in good soil - sandy loam - that contains what the locals call ”rotten rock” that provides the minerals the plants need along with other ‘floating’ rocks deposited by a passing glacier a few thousand years ago. When you dig into the soil you will find a whole range of colours from white to yellow to red to maroon - we have tried to reflect this in our label design.

The vines get evening breezes off the Southern Ocean and sometimes also off the lakes to our east. Our rainfall is about 500mm and our climate temperate.

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Address

278 Braeside Road
Finniss, South Australia 5255
Australia

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