The Perth Hills was first gazetted as an official wine-growing region in April of 1999, stretching along the Darling Scarp from Serpentine in the south through to Bindoon in the north.
Geologically the region is quite distinct, with extensive underlying granite and picturesque hilly surrounds; with gorgeous valleys encompassing quaint creeks, providing attractive divisions between the crests of the higher grounds of the region.
Climatically the Region’s greatest influence is the ‘Scarp itself rising some 400m out of the coastal plains to the 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 region characterised by cool nights, lower maxima than the coastal plains of Perth, and one with great micro-climatic diversity. Warm dry summers ensure the grapes reach full ripeness with harvest typically commencing in mid-February.
The soils of the region range from sandy to gravely loams situated over a dense clay. The valley slopes are comprised of ironstone and gravel loams; whilst to the north of the region, brown clays are the more predominant element. The hilly topography of the region and the typical sizing of the vineyards make the area more idealistic for hand tended farming practices in comparison to machinery. The attention to detail from the winemakers themselves result in the production of some of the finest hand-crafted wines from unique boutique wineries that have built a name for the region.