The Toomey family has a three generation association with the viticulture industry.
After spending time in other viticulture areas of Australia, Andrew and Katrina purchased their property located on a northerly aspect of the Great Diving Range, south-east of Great Western. The site is ideal for growing quality grapes due to low frost risk, reliable water supply, good quality soils and a North-facing slope that is relatively sheltered.
The name Miners Ridge was derived by the surrounding rich alluvial gold diggings dating back to the 1850’s. Remnants of mining history can be found at the rear of the property and in the adjacent bushland.
Our average annual rainfall of 600ml usually falls in winter and spring leaving our summers dry and hot. Our vineyards are irrigated in the summer and autumn months to ensure premium grapes are produced each year.
The soil on the vineyard is predominantly red clay loam which has good water holding capacity and is relatively free draining.
In addition to the continuous improvement of the existing vineyard, in 2013 Andrew and Katrina took over an established 12 hectare vineyard in the area. Between the two vineyards there are six varieties of wine grapes grown with Shiraz being the most prominent.
Miners Ridge also offers a viticulture contracting service within the local area. Andrew’s 30+ years of viticulture management has benefited many local growers with advice, vineyard management and machine operations.
If you would like to know more about the intricacies of growing grapes, enquire about a ‘Walk and Talk’ around the vineyards with Andrew.
This experience must be booked at a time that is convenient for both Andrew and yourself. For a one hour experience which includes a wine tasting on completion the cost is $50 for up to 2 people and an additional $20 per person after that.