Our VineyardsThe 7ha vineyard in Lovedale was originally planted in the mid 1970s mainly of Chardonnay supplemented with a couple of acres of Gewürztraminer. In the mid to late nineties Alasdair Sutherland made the decision to replant a small portion of the ageing Chardonnay with approximately 1ha each of the two red varieties Chambourcin and Petit Verdot.
The relatively low yielding Lovedale vineyard provides approximately up to 40% of the required fruit volume. This is supplemented with Semillon, Verdelho, Merlot and Shiraz from other Hunter vineyards. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc from Rylstone & Mudgee districts in NSW, and Cabernet and Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and the Barossa Valley in South Australia. Capercaillie's wide quality source base allows for the accommodation of vintage variables, market trends and volume requirement fluctuations.