Hilltops & Tumbarumba
Modern, expressive and elegant cool climate wines. Moppity Vineyards is an exciting revelation for wine explorers seeking the next stage in evolution of sophisticated Australian wine. Perched at high altitude in cool southern NSW, this mature vineyard planted in 1973 hosts a unique marriage of soil, climate and vine clone, that has produced two 'Great Australian Shiraz Challenge' winners, (2014 & 2016) and awarded over 1000 Trophies and Medals since 2009.
The Hilltops wine region is North West of Canberra on the Great Dividing Range, centred around the town of Young in Southern NSW. Hilltops is rapidly emerging as one of the most exciting viticulture regions in Australia. The high altitude, cool to moderate climate and dry summer and autumn provides excellent ripening conditions. This along with the gravelly, free-draining soils, enables the production of wines with great intensity of flavour and finesse. The first vines were planted in the 1860s but it’s only recently that the area’s true potential has begun to crystallise. Hilltops is the only NSW region to win the Jimmy Watson Trophy and be a Two Time Winner of the Great Australian Shiraz Challenge. New entrants and second generation growers are combining older vines with modern wine making, creating wines of purity and brightness. Shiraz and Cabernet have already achieved greatness here but the future for Italian and Spanish varieties seems just as bright.
Set in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, Tumbarumba is the coldest viticultural region on mainland Australia, and is set in a stunning landscape reminiscent of the Apple Isle. Tumbarumba is a remote and pristine wilderness; A place of rare beauty. There is purity in the air and the crystal mountain waters, the dense bush land abundant with native wildlife. In this unique climate we craft wines of purity, expression and elegance that speak of their origin. There’s a delicacy and refinement that can only be achieved in a very cool climate. This is essential to make world class expressions of early ripening varieties such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Tumbarumba is one of few places in the Southern Hemisphere where such wines can be made. Tumbarumba is not an easy place to grow wine grapes. Winter is bitterly cold; Spring is punctuated by severe frosts; the hills are frighteningly steep and help is far away. Ultra-premium viticulture here is laborious and fiercely expensive. However, the most magnificent achievements often begin with the greatest challenges.