The soil, the vines and planting are the beginning of the distinctive wines produced at Wimbaliri.
The soils of Wimbaliri are decomposed granite and gravel, free draining, low in fertility and restricting canopy vigour, in turn producing lower yields and high quality grapes.
The First vines were planted in 1988 by John and Margaret Andersen and the average age of the vines is now more than 20 years. Varieties planted are Shiraz, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc.
The vineyard is close-planted to promote deep and vigorous root growth. Vines are trained to single and double cordons.
The vineyard lies at a latitude of 35 degrees south, near the NSW village of Murrumbateman. The vineyard blocks are some of the highest in Murrumbateman at an altitude of 620m and well positioned on a north-eastern slope overlooking a small valley. Warm days and cool nights at this altitude produce elegant wines with distrinctive flavours and intense aroma.
The Wimbaliri name is derived from the local Ngunnawal dialect meaning to drink.