MEDITERRANEAN RANGE

When the English established their colony in South Africa they planted grape varieties that they were familiar with. As a result, for production of table wines, mostly French varieties were planted. This pattern was then set and emulated in South Australia, with cuttings acquired in Europe and Capetown on the way to Australia. This foundation set the scene well into the future, and it is only relatively recently that Italian and Iberian Peninsula varieties have found their feet in Australia.
H&L have been championing these emerging varieties including montepulciano, tempranillo, fiano, garnacha, vermentino and barbera Italian and since 2000 as “Grapegrowers have looked at the relative latitudes of where these varieties grow best and questioned why we are not growing these wines which are eminently more compatible with our region,” explained owner and vigneron, Martin Lightfoot. He further states that “Wine drinkers have missed out on these fabulous varieties that are arguably more suitable to our climate, especially here in McLaren Vale.”
In October 2018 H&L officially launched a complete range of the emerging Mediterranean varites with accolades already being given to the Fiano, Vermentino and Barbera varieties

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