Vinya Vella began with an old vineyard and just one wine, one ferment and one big barrel. We have continued to keep it simple, focus on our strengths and make one Grenache and also an even smaller quantity of Rose from the younger vines.
The fruit for the Vinya Vella Old vine Grenache is managed carefully and with detail all season long. Starting at pruning we work to the capacity of each vine, we select the strongest shoots in spring and we adjust light and airflow with leaf and bunch removal, all by hand. All these processes take time, detail and attention to get the best fruit we can each year.
The Old Vine section of the block is mapped each year vine by vine to identify the relative health, balance and phenology. This is used to harvest sections at the time when the fruit is ripening but before it hangs and gets too ripe. Harvest is selected through vine by vine observation and guided by multispectral aerial imaging.
Our wine is made with the assistance of a great inspiration and friend in Peter Schell (of Spinifex fame) less than 2km from the vineyard. Together we work minimally to capture all that is unique to these old own rooted bush vines on deep sand. The style may change as the vineyard improves and we learn more, try new things and grow, and also as we explore the best way to manage these vines and the fruit they produce. This is the exciting part of the Vinya Vella journey, global experience and local soil.
We have only very small quantities wine, get in touch for the chance to share this vineyard and the story of growing through a bottle.