The Coombe Farm Vineyard is arranged in carefully selected blocks, with 252 rows totalling 242,815 metres of grapevines trellised.
The vineyard ground comprises sandy loam soil, with sandy clay loams topsoil over a friable columnar clay subsoil. Clay soils contribute to the cool climate characteristics of Coombe Farm wines as they retain water and remain cooler than other soil types. Sandy loam is typical of valley areas; highly fertile loam and heat-retaining sand combine to create high quality wine grapes. Annual soil testing occurs to ensure optimal soil producing capacity and supplementary irrigation is delivered through under-vine drippers as required to ensure ideal growing conditions. All vines are grafted onto Phylloxera tolerant rootstocks to ensure longevity.
Chardonnay is planted on the gentle lower slopes with the lowest altitude of any plantings at 76 to 88 meters above sea level and a south-west aspect that creates ideal conditions for cool climate growth.
Mary’s Mount, overlooking Maroondah Highway and St Huberts Road, provides the perfect location for the majority of the Pinot Noir blocks at an altitude of 77 to 130 metres above sea level. Newer plantings of Cabernet and Shiraz grapes benefit from this warmer aspect as well, while the slightly cooler lower slopes are home to the newer Pinot Noir site.
As Victoria’s oldest wine region, the Yarra Valley has grown to include more than 2000 hectares under vine throughout the region since the first plantings in 1838. As Australia’s premier cool-climate wine region, plantings of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz flourish thanks to the diversity of elevation and soil types that can be found in this region. In 1892, Dame Nellie Melba’s father—David Mitchell—was responsible for the first vines planted at Stringybark Creek in Silvan.
Located just five kilometres from the Melba Estate Restaurant and Cellar Door, the Coombe Farm Vineyard encompasses 60 hectares in the heart of the Yarra Valley. Planting began in 1999, and today the vineyard produces an average of 300 tonnes of premium grapes each year, with Yarra Valley staples Pinot Noir and Chardonnay dominating the yield. The vineyard portfolio also includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot and Pinot Gris varietals, with smaller plantings of Malbec, Petit Verdot and Arneis alongside.
Our estate wines epitomise the distinct terroir of the valley soils, a reflection of uncompromising approach to quality and 100 years of family legacy. Made from premium Single Vineyard Coombe Farm fruit, the range personifies the unique varietal characters of the region. Ideal to drink now but these wines may benefit from age.
The Tribute Series represents our finest, single site expressions. Barrels are handpicked just prior to blending to ensure they align with the quality standard established by this range. The wines are crafted with distinctive sophistication and artistry and are named after the founders and supporters of the establishment of Coombe Farm and the opening of Coombe Cottage and the Estate to the public.