The coldest viticultural region on mainland Australia, Tumbarumba is located 504km south west of Sydney at the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, home to Australia’s highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko The alpine climate is perfect for producing both ultra-premium sparkling and table wines.
The vineyards in the region vary in elevations from 500 – 820 metres, rich soil types characterized by decomposed granite, basalt and shale loams are all seen to contribute to the distinct varietal characters. The region shows an average rainfall of 1000mm, with warm days and cool nights. The two main varieties grown in Tumbarumba are Chardonnay and Pinot noir, both for sparkling and table wines, there are some small plantings of Sauvignon blanc, Pinot gris, Reisling, Pinot meunier, Shiraz and Merlot.
Our Coppabella Vineyard was established by the region's founder, Ian Cowell, in the early 90's. The 175 acre vineyard occupies a excellent site on the famed "Tumbarumba plateau", that has produced some of Australia's finest chardonnay's.