Wine Grapes

Grapevines – Wine

(Vitis vinifera)

Grapevines and wine have been around for a long time, with references dating back thousands of years. As one can imagine, they remain popular in gardens across Australia to this day, and for good reason; they grow well, their leaves are beautiful, and their fruit is excellent.

Wine grapes are varieties that are more typically favoured for wine making, rather than for eating fresh.

The vines are deciduous and shed their leaves during the autumn and regrow them come springtime. Grapes typically thrive in a Mediterranean climate, so consider what your region’s weather and plan your yard accordingly. Generally, a nice long, warm and preferably dry summer with little humidity would be suitable. Australia has many well-known wine producing regions which can be used as reference for the type of climates that lead to grape growing success.

They can be planted in full sun and in nutrient rich, well-draining soil, ideally in a location with good natural drainage, as they don’t particularly enjoy excess moisture.

Especially if growing grapes for winemaking, it’s strongly recommended to provide support for the vines in the form of a trellis or a similar structure. This will keep them off the ground while allowing them to grow more neatly, making harvest time much easier.

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Max Height: 2 – 3m

  • Cabernet-Sauvignon
  • Sauvignon Blanc

Wine Grape Variety Information

Click on the names below for more details about our wine grape range, as well as pollination information.

Cabernet Sauvignon Grapevine Information

One of the most widely recognised red wine grape varieties. The Cab-Sav grape has a thick, black skin with a pale bloom (frosted appearance) that makes them look almost blue. They produce full-bodied wines and the flavour is highly affected by the ripeness of the grape when picked.

Fruit ripens: Late summer

Cross Pollinators: Self-pollinating

Sauvignon Blanc Grapevine Information

Sauvignon Blanc grapes are used to make the crisp white wine of the same name. Originating in the Bordeaux region of France, these grapes grow in tight bunches and ripen with a bright green skin.

Fruit ripens: Early to mid summer

Cross-pollinators: Self-pollinating

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