The Perth Hills stretching along the Darling Scarp from Serpentine in the south through to Bindoon in the north was first gazetted as an official wine-growing Region in April of 1999.
Geologically the Region is distinct, with extensive underlying granite and picturesque hilly surrounds; and gorgeous valleys encompassing quaint creeks providing attractive divisions between the crests of the higher ground of the region.
Climatically the Region’s greatest influence is the ‘Scarp itself rising some 400m above the coastal plains east of Perth.
It helps to moderate daylight hours, shield vineyards from maritime influences, increase winter rainfall and provide a myriad of topographical aspects. The result is a Rregion characterised by cool nights, lower maxima than coastal plains of Perth, and one with great micro-climatic diversity. Warm dry summers ensure grapes reach full ripeness with harvest typically commencing in mid-February.
The soils of the Region range from sandy to gravely loams situated over dense clay. The valley slopes are comprised of ironstone and gravel loams; whilst to the north of the Region, brown clays are more predominant. The hilly topography of the Region and the typical sizing of the vineyards make the area idealistic for hand tended farming practices in comparison to machinery. Attention to detail from winemakers results in the production of the finest hand-crafted wines.