Sustainable Vineyard Practises at Pirramimma
Early 1892 Pirramimma founder Alexander Campbell Johnston, journeyed from Adelaide to McLaren Vale by Rounsevells stagecoach to purchase land suitable for vineyards and farming.
He succeeded to acquire 240acres from the Stocks family adjacent to the fledgling village of McLaren Vale. Six acres of this land was planted to Grenache and 8 acres to Zante currants for table grapes.
ACJ selected this site for its topography-hillside location, fine red loam over limestone and ironstone, together with exceptional drainage.
The cooling sea breezes delivered from the Gulf of St Vincent, combined with diverse micro-climates and soil types has ensured an ideal environment for viticulture.
Today the Pirramimma vineyards are planted to 13 varieties and 33 blocks. In the early 1980’s current custodian Geoff Johnston successfully pioneered the Petit Verdot variety, as well as introducing the iconic Southern French grape Tannat to the region.