35° 00’ 42.3”S 138° 50’ 11.7”E
The Lane Vineyard; where the Edwards family traditions of continuity, care and contemporary wines in an ancient landscape begin.
The Lane Vineyard, near Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills, is 400 metres above sea level. Shaped by this altitude and southerly latitudes the cooler climate is ideal for growing grapes destined to become wines of distinction, wines with impressive structure, minerality and natural acidity. North facing single vineyard sites maximize autumn sunlight for later ripening varietals, South facing sites favor aromatic whites and sparkling wines.
The Mediterranean climate of the Adelaide Hills is influenced by cooling air from the Southern Ocean and high altitude gully breezes. Annual rainfall varies between 700 and 850 millimeters. The region has cold wet winters and mild summers. Most rain falls in winter and spring. The mean sunshine hours per day are 8.5. Summer, from December until the end of March, is generally warm and dry, with average temperatures considerably cooler than most other Australian wine regions. Significant diurnal temperature variation during grape ripening is a distinguishing feature of this vineyard. Longer sunlight hours and temperate daytime temperatures contribute to intense fruit flavours while the sudden fall in evening temperature preserves natural acidity and structure.
The rocks that form the landscape and soils of The Lane Vineyard are part of the Mount Lofty Ranges remarkable story. The rolling hills you see here today are what are left after 100’s of millions of years of erosion. Centuries of exposure to nature’s forces have left ancient gravelly soils, a demanding, perfect host in achieving outstanding quality of fruit from our vines.
More recently, some 200 years ago, the Peramangk Aboriginal people inhabited a long crescent of land in the Adelaide Hills. Periodically they occupied the beautiful valley from Hahndorf to the Onkaparinga River. They called this place “Bukatilla” meaning “deep pool”. Here they were always assured of water. Today we value this water as a precious resource.
Altitude, latitude, climate (particularly diurnal temperature variation) and our ancient soils produce background notes in our wines; more intense fruit flavours, beautiful natural acidity, balance, subtlety and elegance.
A UNESCO World Heritage bid is in progress to internationally recognize the Adelaide Hills agrarian landscape as being of “outstanding universal value” and quintessentially Australian.