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Rain grown in the shadow of Marble Hill, hand-picked and hand-made, our Marble Hill Wines can be purchased online and at Marble Hill Events. Chardonnay & Merlot grapes come from the established Somerset vineyard at Basket Range. The Pinot grows on the southern slopes of Marble Hill. To purchase our wine, please click on the order form links below

A HISTORY OF HORTICULTURE

Long before Governor Jervois chose Marble Hill as the site for his summer residence in 1878, the Cramonds from Surrey & the Bishops from Somerset recognised the value of the deep rich soils in the spring-fed gullies of Basket Range and settled there to grow fruit. Prevailing over fires & floods & changing fortunes, the descendants of those early settlers still own and care for the land.

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Enjoying the same cool wet winters and warm dry summers, Marble Hill has shared the same destiny as Basket Range. Every summer when the Governor was in residence, local orchardists harvested their cherries and delivered them fresh to Adelaide's East End Market. The Governor's staff purchased local produce: fresh fruit and vegetables came direct from the growers, and meat was delivered by the butcher at Ashton. The Governor's household attended Church at St John's Norton Summit. The Governor's Eleven regularly played against the local Basket Range Cricket Club.

When the Black Sunday Bushfire swept through in January 1955, Marble Hill was left in ruins and the once prosperous district fell into decline. The Governor and his family almost lost their lives. The Vice Regal patronage would never return. The following years were difficult and many properties changed hands to become hobby farms for city commuters. Native bushland became a tangle of weeds. Orchards fell into neglect. The stark outline of the Marble Hill Ruin was a constant reminder of the good times "before the Fire".

Over a generation later, there has been an influx of newcomers to the "cool heart" of the Adelaide Hills around Marble Hill and Basket Range, bringing a renewed appreciation of the area's natural assets - good soil, reliable winter rainfall, warm summers and proximity to the city: Perfect for growing anything in general, but wine in particular.

60 years after the devastation of Black Sunday, the gentle rhythm of horticulture has returned, not just with those growing apples, cherries and berries, but also with the artisan wine growers, producing award winning wines, and food foragers and gardeners, supplying Adelaide's quality restaurants and weekend markets.]

The Secret of Horticulture is knowing the soils and the seasons. The rebuilding of Marble Hill is symbolic of the rebirth of the district.

THE VINEYARDS

In 2013 we bought a nearby property on Deep Creek at Basket Range to provide a water licence for the Marble Hill gardens. Deep Creek is the main tributary to Sixth Creek and Marble Hill is the highest point in the catchment. The new property came with a well established vineyard, so we found ourselves in the wine business.

We called the new property Somerset Springs and the vineyards can be seen from the Marble Hill tower. The creek is fed by year-round springs and for decades the Cramond family grew apples there. In the late 1990s it was planted to Chardonnay & Merlot. With a northerly aspect on deep loamy soils over a clay base, it is one of the earliest vineyards in the district and the vines are purely rain grown. More recent plantings at the foot of Marble Hill on the south facing Woodcutters Vineyard include Pinot Noir and Gewurtztraminer.

THE STABLES CELLAR DOOR

The Governor's Stables at Marble Hill were built in 1879 to house 6 horses and a carriage. By 1939 the building had been converted into garaging for 4 cars. The Cottage next door initially housed the Coachman and his family, then the Chauffeur. It was all destroyed in the 1955 Bushfire. In 1973 the National Trust restored the Stables as Tearooms with a Caretaker's Cottage, and it served in this role for 20 years. After the Trust left in 1993 the building gradually fell into disrepair.

In 2016 the building is being totally renovated again, so that once again it echoes the 1930s era, but this time the old Stables will be converted into a Cellar Door venue.

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The Secret – Pure Chardonnay

The Chardonnay vineyard was planted in 1998 on a sun-bathed north-facing slope. Purely rain grown, the vines grow vigorously in the deep rich soil. The grapes are picked early to produce a crisp, fresh virgin wine.

TASTING NOTES: The Secret 2013 - an unwooded Chardonnay from Marble Hill's Somerset vineyard in Basket Range, as fresh and crisp as the apples that grew there for decades. "Pure sunshine."

Grower: G.M. Cramond, Owner: P.A. Bishop, Winemaker: B.D. Keys

Vintages available: 2013 and 2014

Price per bottle: $40.00

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Renaissance – A rich red Merlot reborn

Planted in 1998, the Merlot block faces north east and is rain grown on the former site of a red apple orchard. Made in a light and elegant Bordeaux style, this wine is easy drinking, yet full of character. Renaissance celebrates the restoration of Marble Hill and the revival of the land after the ravages of bushfire.

TASTING NOTES: Renaissance 2013 reflects the extended warm dry growing season. A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, it is a complex, fragrant, easy drinking wine. From "The Wine Front" Sep 2014: “Rose Oil and leafy perfume, red fruits, mint and olives in brine. Perky and playful. Medium bodied with even acidity – gentle unforced wine – with gummy tannin and a juicy rose and redcurrant flavoured finish. Intriguing.” - 91 points. Drink 2014 - 2020.

Grower: G.M. Cramond, Owner: P.A. Bishop, Winemaker: B.D. Keys

Vintages available: 2013 and 2014

Price per bottle: $40.00