Domaine A, Australia
North-facing, temperate and close enough to the coast to catch a sea breeze, Domaine A vines receive some of the longest daylight hours in Australia, allowing for longer vintages of incredible subtlety and intensity. These ideal growing conditions caught the eye of Swiss couple Peter and Ruth Althaus as they scoured the southern hemisphere for somewhere to build their dream-a cool-climate riposte to the great estates of France and Germany. After establishing Domaine A, they took their time to produce some of the best big Bordeaux blends Australia has seen, often waiting over a decade before even considering a release. This willingness to wait, and an attitude of quality above all else (even the bank account) kept them quietly at the forefront of Australian winemaking until their retirement in 2018, when they handed over to the new custodians: Moorilla winemaker Connor van der Reest and Mona (Museum of Old and New Art) owner David Walsh.
The Coal River Valley enjoys a temperate maritime climate, with annual rainfall often less than 500mm. Long, dry and mild growing seasons allow fruit from the property’s 11ha of closely planted vines to ripen well into late April and early May. Ancient soil and truly cool climate give rise to inspirational terroir founded on 200 million year old Jurassic Dolerite. Domaine A lies on a north facing slope that enjoys a temperate maritime climate and extended sunlight hours over a long, cool season. Domaine A experiences some of the longest sunshine hours in Australia, ensuring grapes ripen to develop the full spectrum of varietal character.
- Domaine A boasts the perfect mix of terroir, philosophy and patience to produce some of the finest wines in Australia.