Wentworth

Duxton Vineyards Wentworth properties is comprised of two farms with over 9,000 hectares and has over 1,200 hectares under vine and is located in south-western New South Wales on Australia‚Äôs third longest river, the Darling, near the historic township of Wentworth.  Established in the mid 1990s, the strength of this vineyard is its composition; a diverse range of large scale plantings of 17 different wine grape varieties.

This high production capacity per variety gives Duxton Vineyards the ability to supply even the largest clients with the volumes they require, from just one supplier and one site.  Traceable provenance is an attribute many consumers are demanding in the twenty first century and something Duxton Vineyards can provide in the global marketplace.

The density of plantings at Wentworth is 2667 vines per hectare with narrower vine rows providing inter-row shading from the summer sun ensuring unblemished fruit and fresher flavours in the berries.  The vineyard utilises drip irrigation, the most efficient form of applying irrigation water.

Evaporation losses are minimised by the application of composted cow manure and grape mark in the under-vine area, a technique which also reduces the proliferation of weeds. These efficiency measures are just the beginning, Duxton Vineyards is in the process of designing and implementing a swag of additional sustainability and efficiency measures which will make the Wentworth vineyards a shining example of modern irrigated viticulture.

Parts of the Wentworth vineyard are planted on sandy alluvial clay and ancient flood plain soils. One of the common problems with clay soils can be soil compaction, which can

impair the grounds ability to absorb the moisture required to nourish the vines and lead to water use in-efficiency.  Vineyard traffic is one of the main causes of soil compaction. This is managed carefully at Wentworth with tractor passes kept to a minimum by applying liquid nutrient by fertigation rather than sprays.  At harvest time specialised wide-tyred, four wheeled trailers are used to carry the harvest bins which spreads the weight and brings the wheel track closer to the mid-row, avoiding compaction close the base of the vines.