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Established in November 2015, Duxton Vineyards Pty Ltd will showcase the best of the Murray Darling Region through its unique and diverse grape and wine offerings to the global wine industry.
Duxton Vineyards is a new venture administered by the Duxton Group and will produce approximately 60,000 tonnes of grapes a year, or 5% of Australia’s entire wine-grape harvest.
The Duxton Group is an alternative asset management firm specialising in investments in direct agriculture and Asian emerging markets. Duxton is one of the leading international participants in agricultural investments, with a global direct investment footprint and impressive track record. Its experienced specialist team has been successfully implementing agricultural strategies since 2006, with Duxton Vineyards Asset Management currently managing or advising investments covering approximately 540,000 hectares of farmland across five continents. In Australia it has projects based in five states encompassing sixteen commodities. The Duxton Group will be providing administrative and back office services to Duxton Vineyards.*
Duxton Vineyards also engages some of Australia’s most respected viticultural and winemaking consultants to ensure that products meet the very highest of standards required from their astute clientele.
Duxton Vineyards brings a passionate new group of successful and experienced entrepreneurs to one of Australia’s most significant wine regions. By consolidating some of the district’s most exciting vineyards and applying specialised viticultural knowledge and techniques, Duxton Vineyards is poised to set the benchmark for Murray Darling grapes and wines into the future.
Duxton’s Euston vineyard is part of a 4000 hectare property situated on the banks of the Murray River in south-western New South Wales. The vineyard was established by one of Australia’s best known viticultural families, the Chalmers family, in the 1980s and over the last thirty years has grown to a total of 803 hectares under vine encompassing nine different classic and Mediterranean varieties. The terroir is classic red sandy-loam soils overlaying an ancient limestone bedrock.
The techniques employed at the Euston vineyard to ensure the quality of the grapes are extensive. Plantings are higher than the average in the district, with more vines per hectare. This reduces the crop load per vine and creates a more shaded micro-climate, protecting the fruit from sun damage and reducing evapo-transpiration of the vines. A remote solar powered weather station radios back readings of temperature, wind speed and direction while remote solar moisture probes throughout the vineyard send readings of moisture at varying depths back to a central computer every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day. This ensures that not a drop of extra water is used than is necessary to produce quality wine grapes. State-of-the-art computerised drip irrigation systems have been designed to enable all irrigation to be applied only during the lowest evaporation periods of the day and night. Liberal application of organically certified, composted cow manure not only encourages natural aeration of the soil, by encouraging earthworm populations, but also increases organic carbon content in the soil reducing water requirements. The vineyard uses considerably less water than the regional average. All this adds up to a high-tech vineyard employing only the finest techniques to produce the highest quality and most expressive fruit achievable while leaving the smallest ecological footprint possible.
Duxton Vineyards offers a diverse and unique range of wine and grape products to the global wine industry, showcasing the best of the Murray Darling Region. All of their products can be grown or made to exact customer specifications. These offerings give their customers the opportunity to choose a product which perfectly fits their requirements.
Situated across the Murray Darling wine region, the location of the Duxton Vineyards plantings provides us with the opportunity to offer a diverse range of grape varieties.
The Murray Darling wine region is one of Australia’s key production areas and has a long history of viticulture.
The region’s warm, dry climate and readily available water means it can produce consistent quality vintage after vintage. The ancient soils and inland climate, with its broad diurnal range, is ideal for traditional international classic varieties such as Shiraz, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot as well as an array of other Mediterranean varieties.
Duxton Vineyards draws on these warmer climatic conditions to foster our innovative capabilities. Our plantings champion more sustainable varieties, such as Vermentino, Fiano and Nero d’Avola, which produce a higher quality grape in hot conditions while putting less pressure on natural resources for irrigation.