Vineyards

Rochford has three unique vineyards across the Yarra Valley; Each one offering something special, each one showcasing the diversity of Yarra Valley soil and microclimates. With a vineyard management philosophy centred around balance and sustainability, each site is managed according to its needs. By keeping yield low, balancing canopy structure and carefully managing farming inputs as organically as possible, our vineyards are able to adapt to each season. With Mother Nature leading the way, we grow intensely flavoured fruit with well-balanced acidity, capturing the essence of each site's origin. Perfect for making great wines with individuality.

Vineyard Profiles

The Home Vineyard:

The heart of Rochford, the iconic and very mature vineyard on the corner of Maroondah Highway and Hill Road is our foundation. This special vineyard has taken on new life since it became Rochford in 2002, with new plantings and re-worked vines, cutting edge viticulture and 100% handpicked fruit.

Aspect and elevation: 110m above sea level, north/south rows on gently sloping aspect.
Soils: ancient, mountain derived sandy clay loams.
Climate: Mean maximum January temperature 27°C.
Vine age: 35+ years.
Varieties: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz.

The Home Vineyard

Isabella's Vineyard

Named after Helmut's daughter, Isabella's vineyard is located in the much sort after sub-region of Gruyere, in an iconic contour strip of famous vineyards. These old vine plantings are grown on a steep, northern aspect that is both sun-drenched and sheltered, with perfect air drainage through the vineyard, all contributing to intensifying flavours and preserving quality in the fruit.

Aspect and elevation: 170m above sea level, north/south rows on steep sloping aspect.
Soils: ancient, mountain derived sandy clay loams.
Climate: Mean maximum January temperature 27°C.
Vine age: 30+ years.
Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

Isabella's Vineyard

Briarty 9 Vineyard

Also situated in the Yarra Valley sub-region of Gruyere. This unique South facing site is planted to multiple Dijon clones of Chardonnay (76 and 96) and Pinot Noir (114 and 115) with some MV6 plantings also.

Aspect and elevation: 150m above sea level, south facing aspect north/south rows on sloping aspect.
Soils: Fine silty clay loam topsoil, rich clay silts in subsoil.
Climate: Mean maximum January temperature 27°C.
Vine age: Planted in 1998.
Varieties: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Briarty 9 Vineyard