In a region dominated by wineries, Tallavera Grove still manages to find its niche and remain truly unique.
Tallavera Grove is owned by second generation vigneron, Tim Davis, and was founded by his father, geologist John Davis. John’s wealth of understanding of the geological features of the property, partnered with Mount View’s delicate microclimate, creates a vineyard like no other.
Founded in 1994, Tallavera is one of three family vineyards, but there is something special about this one. It could be because of its unique geological features, or just the breathtaking views down its vineyard-clad valleys. Whatever it is, the wines coming out of the area are distinct, diverse and delicious.
Mount View itself is unique for its microclimate; a valley containing three sub valleys, it has its own seasonal changes, which are different to the rest of the Hunter Valley. The red clay and limestone soils at Tallavera Grove are highly favourable for producing quality wines. The terra rossa soils are perfect for growing varieties such as shiraz and chardonnay, while rich alluvial soils along the creek flats are ideal for semillon and verdelho.
The vines flourish on the 70-acre vineyard in a warm coastal climate. Individual parcels of grapes – hand-selected by Tim – are made into small batches under the direction of winemaker Gwyn Olsen. The Tallavera Grove range includes a fresh, minerally vermentino, a crisp and citrusy semillon and an elegant style of shiraz. If you’re feeling adventurous, Tim, Gwyn and the team has also created the Rogue Series, including wines like the Foot Stomped sagrantino – although the first crop in 2009 was stomped in an old grape bin, it is just the name that carries over today.
One of the most picturesque vineyards in the Hunter Valley, Tallavera Grove features a Cellar Door where customers can sample the offerings while taking in views of the vineyard and rolling hills. You’ll also find geological specimens from the vineyard, along with an in-depth information board with the main points of John Davis’ research. As a small-batch boutique producer Tallavera produces limited quantities of each drop, meaning the Cellar Door is one of the only places the full range can be bought. But good news for savvy shoppers – wines can also be bought via the Tallavera website.
Tallavera Grove has also helped found a wine club, known as Frog N Grove. The club provides members with access to quality wines from the Hunter Valley region and a small amount of produce from neighbouring restaurant, Bistro Molines. It also hosts frequent lunches and tastings for members of the Frog N Grove club.
While you’re out exploring the Hunter Valley, be sure to detour through Mount View where the climate is special and the wine is even more so. Spend a relaxing a ernoon among the vines and when you get peckish, pop next door to Bistro Molines for a beautiful dinner