The vineyards of Margan are situated in the Broke Fordwich sub-region of the lower Hunter Valley. Margan have 100 hectares of vines including a mix of old vine traditional Hunter varieties and more recently planted alternative varietals and field blends. All of these vines are growing in the ancient volcanic soil of the Fordwich Sill. This soil provides a unique environment for our old vines to produce wines unique in their own Hunter Valley style.
The Fordwich Sill, a plug of red volcanic clay which runs through the area, is the weathered product of ancient volcanic eruptions. While being free-draining, the soils cell structure absorbs moisture quickly and releases it slowly – an important bonus for inland, high-latitude (32.5 degrees south) regions such as Broke Fordwich. The old vine vineyards planted on the Fordwich Sill were planted by Lindemans and Saxonvale back in the late 1960’s and early 70’s are the cornerstone for the unique style of all Margan Wines.
All of our vineyards are planted on their own roots and all of them use irrigation to ensure healthy growth but never to enhance yields. We prefer to use Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP) for canopy management. We are as environmentally sensitive as we can be in this warm maritime climate and we strive to minimize our carbon footprint wherever possible. Our Semillon is grown using organic principles whilst our other varieties are treated with minimum sprays for weed and pest management and vine health.
As farmer/winemakers we feel a very strong connection to our land. We also recognise how essential it is that we grow our grapes and make our wines in an environmentally sustainable way. We are the most highly accredited environmentally sustainable wine company in the Hunter Valley. More than accreditation however is the fact that our environmentally sustainable practices are a core value of how our business operates.
At the 2015 Hunter Valley Industry Awards Andrew Margan was awarded “Best Viticulturist” in the Hunter Valley in recognition of the quality of the Margan vineyards and the initiative and progressive management of all of the Margan vines.