PADTHAWAY ENTRANCE ESTATE
NATIONAL VINEYARD FUND OF AUSTRALIA LIMITED
The Padthaway Entrance Estate vineyard, owned by NVFAL, has developing into a premium A & B grade vineyard producing fruit for famous brands such as Penfolds and Wynns.
The property is located in the northern part of the Padthaway region approximately 280km south east of Adelaide in South Australia. Padthaway Entrance Estate is located approximately 5 km north west of Padthaway township and 50km north of the main regional town of Naracoorte.
The 68.4ha property is located on the western side of Riddoch Highway and is approximately 90m above sea level.
The property was purchased in 1999 by NVFAL. Part of the original property was planted in the mid-1990’s with Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet and Chardonnay (9ha) by the Bell family. The balance was farming land. NVFAL planted a further 52 ha to Shiraz, Cabernet and Sangiovese over the next 5 years.
The property was traditionally used for cropping and grazing land.
The land is gently undulating and is serviced by a bore for its water supply. The soils range from reddish brown clay loams over a limestone base. The land is supplemented with 122 ML water licence from Padthaway Prescribed Wells Area bore field only 20m below the surface.
Irrigation is discussed in the Water section below.
Padthaway is a word fashioned from the Patawurutj aborignes. This place Padthaway means “Good Water”. The region is quite distinct because it is a long cigar shape of 62km by just 8 kilometres.
The Riddoch highway bisects the entire region for its entire length.
Today, Padthaway Entrance vineyard is exclusively red varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz after the removal and grafting of Merlot, Sangiovese and Chardonnay since 2010. The key variety of Shiraz is one of the most famous from the region.
The mix of wine grape varieties planted on Padthaway Entrance Estate were planned by FABAL Operations in conjunction with the major purchaser of grapes from the property, Treasury Wine Estates, the owner of the famous Penfolds and Wynns wine brands.
After the 2013 replanting there is planted to 61.4ha planted.
Shiraz now dominates the planting on the Estate because of its notable reputation in the Padthaway region. It is also projected that demand will continue in the long term.