It is no surprise that the Pyrenees mountain range shares its name with the ruggedly beautiful area that divides France and Spain. With its often dramatic and sweeping vistas, a temperate climate and passion for petanque are similarities that go way beyond the name.
The Pyrenees foothills and ranges create a remarkable diversity of microclimates that provide a wealth of variety for winemakers. The Pyrenees is a quintessential Australian wine region, with the vineyards appearing sporadically between the ever present eucalyptus trees that dominate the landscape, often broken only by a mob of kangaroos.
Growing season rainfall
The wines produced from Cabernet Sauvignon can possess a sumptuously rich mid palate, with flavours running from eucalypt mint through to black currant as well as the earthy characters that develop during maturation.
Top varieties grown in Pyrenees
The inland location gives rise to low midsummer relative humidity and to substantial diurnal temperature ranges in spring and early summer.
Sunshine hours are generous but growing season rainfall is limited, making irrigation almost essential.
White and sparkling wines now contribute to the reputation of the region but are better suited to the cooler south of the region.
The soils are the common grey-brown and brown loamy sands and sandy loams, though tending to be heavy. They are improved by the addition of gypsum and lime.
Vine vigour is moderate, as are yields. Red sandstones are also present and are better suited to white or sparkling wines.