the dormant season

When the grapes are harvested and pressed, our job in the winery is to get out of their way. Really. Sound grapes from healthy clusters largely take care of themselves. If they need a little help now and then – fine – but we do nothing to coax: this style; that aroma; a “target flavour”.

Cliff and Gorge wines are straight up clean, honest expressions of the vineyard. We figure you want to taste the product of this land with no adulteration so we add nothing, nor take anything away that alters the flavours and aromas. That includes oak – you won’t find any oaked wines at Cliff and Gorge lest the pure flavour of the fruit be masked.

we are farmers first

Modern agriculture began in this area starting with apple and pear orchards at Earlscourt around 1864. Its been said of our region that if you can get water on it, you can grow anything here. Indeed.

Our journey began only in 2008 to discover not only what wine grapes would grow well here, but what varieties would LOVE it here. The results of this journey so far can be found in our wines.

Uncovering great grape terrior is truly a quest, and having the fruit realize it’s full potential in the bottle occurs almost entirely in the vineyard.