Principia Wines

Mornington Peninsula, VictoriaPrincipia Logo

Located at 139 Main Creek Road, Red Hill, the vineyard site is at an altitude of 220 metres and has a Northeasterly aspect. The average annual rainfall is approximately 850mm. The soil types consist of older volcanic red, brown and orange silty clays.

The first planting was in 1995, with subsequent plantings in 1996 and 2000. There are six clones of Pinot noir (D2V5, D5V12, MV6, 114, 115 & 777) and two of Chardonnay (P58 & I10V1).

To maximise exposure to sunlight, the lyre (or U) trellis and vertical shoot positioned (VSP) trellis systems are used and the vine rows are orientated in a north south direction.

The vines are not irrigated. A combination of both cane and spur pruning is used and canopy management includes shoot thinning, leaf plucking and bunch thinning as required. No pesticides are used and the fruit is harvested by hand with the assistance of family and friends.

We would like to range both the Pinot Noir and the Chardonnay but we all need to be quick on the latter which has a habit of selling out very quickly !