Mount Tumbarumba Vineyard, owned by Richard Cottam and Elvie Yates, is one of the oldest and smallest vineyards in the Tumbarumba region. Situated in the picturesque landscape of the Snowy Mountains, the vineyard specializes in Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay, along with smaller plantings of Merlot and Tempranillo. Recognized for its exceptional tasting experience, it was awarded Gourmet Traveller Wine's Best Tasting Experience and Star Cellar Door for the Tumbarumba Region in 2022. This recognition highlights the vineyard's commitment to creating a memorable and unique wine tasting journey for its visitors.
The vineyard's story is one of passion and connection to the land. Richard's ancestral roots in the Tumbarumba district date back to 1858, with a family history intertwined with agriculture and cattle raising. This deep connection to the land is reflected in their approach to viticulture. Elvie and Richard's combined interests in wine and country living led to the establishment of the vineyard, where they now grow premium cool climate grapes and produce fine wines. Their dedication is encapsulated in their 'On the fly' philosophy, balancing vineyard management with full-time jobs and a love for fly fishing in the nearby mountain wilderness.
Mount Tumbarumba Vineyard's approach to viticulture emphasizes skill, experience, passion, and a deep connection with the environment. The vineyard, located on a northwest-facing slope, benefits from optimal sunlight interception, vital for grape growth and flavor development. The soil, primarily ancient decomposed granite over clay, is not very fertile, which is advantageous for the vines as it directs their energy into producing small quantities of intensely flavored fruit. The vineyard practices sustainable methods, avoiding artificial fertilizers and pesticides, relying instead on natural micro-organisms for soil nourishment. Their focus on terroir ensures that each wine is a true reflection of its environment.
You can expect the following from a tasting at Mount Tumbarumba :
Since its inception, Mount Tumbarumba Vineyard has evolved its varietal range, starting with Chardonnay in 1989 and expanding to include Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Merlot, and Tempranillo. The vineyard's commitment to quality is evident in its low-yielding approach, producing small quantities of fruit with intense flavors and good natural acidity. This approach has allowed them to cultivate wines that are not only a representation of their passion and hard work but also a true expression of the unique Tumbarumba terroir. The vineyard's dedication to producing high-quality wines is a testament to their love for winemaking and the Tumbarumba region.Book now