The elevation and site exposure of Montara's vineyards, between 312 and 360 metres above sea level, is particularly important in avoiding frost and influencing growth of the vines. Our vines grow in well-drained, rich red loam soil over a gravel/shale base. The total area under vine is 19 hectares, and plantings include shiraz, pinot noir, and riesling (all of which are 40+ year vines), as well as chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, and merlot.
The Grampians has one of the best climates in the world for growing quality grapes, and the average temperatures at Montara are ideal for producing cool climate wines. A January mean temperature of 19ºC, along with mostly clear skies and cool evenings in the growing season allow our fruit to gradually ripen over a long period of time. Average annual rainfall is 500mm.