Dry grown, own rooted grapevines farmed without herbicides or systemic chemicals. The wines are made without any additions, fining or filtration. No sulphur is added to any wines.
The current 2018 releases are all grown by myself near the town of Cowaramup, about 15 minutes north of the Margaret River township. I live on the property where the winery is also situated. The vineyard is separated into 3 large blocks and a smaller winery block. The vines are on their own roots and range in age from 22 years to 35 years. Shiraz (Syrah), Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc. Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay are the varieties planted. Unirrigated from 2016 and with one large planting of Shiraz never irrigated. No herbicides or systemic chemicals have been used from when I took over in early 2017. The majority of the plantings are on predominantly sandy soils with varying amounts of gravel. More gravel/ ironstone rocks towards the top of the slopes. There are patches of sandy loam in the lower parts of the Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc.
I studied winemaking in Adelaide (class of 2005) and then worked in wineries all over the world for a few years. It was on Mount Etna, Italy, in 2010 where my understanding of farming/growing grapevines and working with your environment really started.
I returned to Australia just before the 2015 harvest which would be my first under the “Sam Vinciullo” label in Margaret River, Western Australia. For the first 3 vintages I purchased grapes grown the same way as I farm currently. The aim was always to get back to farming 100% myself.
I pride myself on not compromising my values and having integrity and honesty with everything I do.