MOPPA SPRINGS ESTATE
NATIONAL VINEYARD FUND OF AUSTRALIA LIMITED
The Moppa Springs Estate vineyard, owned by NVFAL, is now developing into a super-premium A & B grade vineyard producing fruit for famous brands such as St Hugo and Grant Burge.
The property is located in the north western region of the famous Barossa Valley region approximately 70km northeast of Adelaide in South Australia. Moppa Springs Estate is located approximately 4 km north of Greenock township and 10km from the heart of the region around Nuriootpa.
The 104.8ha property is located on the western side of Moppa Springs Road and Spring Grove Road, Moppa Springs and is approximately 300m above sea level.
Part of the original vineyard (15ha) was originally planted from the 1960’s to 1980’s a mixture of Grenache, Shiraz and white varieties. The balance of the property, owned by the Materne family, was traditionally a broad acre farm used for cereal cropping.
The land is undulating and is serviced by a stream that runs into Greenock Creek. The soils are rich loams over an ironstone base and provide ideal growing conditions for premium wine grapes.
In addition to the onstream winter dam the vineyard is supplemented with water from the Barossa Infrastructure Limited (“BIL”) water scheme. Irrigation is discussed in the Water section below.
Today, Moppa Springs Estate is planted to 88 ha, exclusively red varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot and Shiraz. The key variety of Shiraz is the most desired variety for the region. Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache are the other main varieties planted.
The mix of wine grape varieties planted on Moppa Springs Estate were chosen by FABAL Operations in conjunction with the major purchaser of grapes from the property, Pernod Ricard Winemakers, the owner of the famous Jacob’s Creek and St Hugo wine brands.
Shiraz dominates the planting on the Estate because of its notable reputation in the Barossa Valley region. It is also projected that demand will continue in the long term.
A significant quantity of Cabernet is also present of the Estate and this is being used to form part of the blends for both St Hugo and Grant Burge ultra-premium blends.