Our Region & Vineyards

Our Region & Vineyards

The Strathbogie Ranges has emerged as a truly distinctive, high-altitude, and cool climate region, helping us produce intense wines that are elegant and full of character.

The rugged and beautiful Strathbogie Ranges are located an hour and a half drive northeast of Melbourne. It is here, in vineyards peppered with massive ancient granite boulders, at elevations between 430 and 550 metres above sea level that the vines from which we source Strathbogie fruit grow.

Our Cool-Climate Vineyards

At Fowles we own and manage 300 acres of vines across two vineyards called Upton Run and Billi’s in the Strathbogie Ranges.

The soils in our family vineyards are comprised of decomposed granite – interspersed with massive granite outcrops. Ancient, nutrient poor and free-draining, these soils are great for grapes because the vines put their energy into fruit development.

The climate is cool with a January mean temperature of 19.5ºC however, an almost constant wind whistles through the vines ensuring good air circulation in the grapes, reducing the risk of frost damage in early spring and mildew in summer.

The location of the Strathbogie Ranges, north of Great Dividing range, means we experience strong diurnal weather patterns – warm days, cool nights. These conditions allow our fruit to gradually ripen over a longer period accumulating the right balance of sugars and acid whilst building intense flavour and colour.

Lower rainfall and quick draining soils mean our vines produce low yielding, flavourful fruit. The undulating topography means our vines experience different micro climates allowing us to pick across a spectrum of ripeness and flavour profiles to craft interesting blends.

Fowles has a wide variety of plantings, including Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Arneis, Vermentino, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Gamay, Sangiovese, Merlot, Shiraz, Mourvèdre, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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1175 Lambing Gully Rd,
Avenel VIC 3664


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