Our vineyard site characteristics, or to use the traditional French term, the terroir, is what sets Amietta wines apart. The interplay of the geology, soil structure, regional climate, vineyard micro-climate and slope at Amietta are the key to our wines. The fruit that we grow has intense depth of flavour and a symphony of delicate aromas, largely due to the unique terroir. Our task in vine management and winemaking is simply to ensure these flavours and aromas are retained in the finished wine.
The Amietta vineyard is on the steep north-facing slope of the Moorabool Valley. It traps the sun from early morning to late afternoon, and the dark, rock strewn soil retains heat for much of the night. The underlying soil is ancient marine limestone which is topped with a layer of rich dark clay formed from volcanic basalt lava. At the upslope end of our rows, the vines’ feeder-roots are in pure limestone, while further down the slope the feeder-roots are in pure clay. This variation produces complexity in the minerality aspects of the grape flavour profiles.