The vineyard entrance avenue of Oriental Plane Trees (Platanus orientalalis) merges into larger London Planes (Platanus acerifolia) in front of the winery. Ornamental Vines (Vitis rupestris x V vinifera), a hybrid between an American and the European species, cover the pergola.
Roses (Rosa hybrid: Mr Lincoln) are traditionally grown at the end of each trellis row. Being more susceptible to mildew than vines, they once provided early warning of any outbreak. Similarly, in the days before mechanical cultivation, their thorns discouraged bored draught-horses from turning too soon and ploughing up the strainer posts!
Windbreaks prove beneficial in the Limestone Coast climate. Our vineyards are protected by rows of Lombardy Poplars (Populus nigra italica) and surrounded by Aleppo Pines (Pinus halepensis), which are identical to the legendary Gallipoli Lone Pine.
A grove of native Wild Honeysuckle shrubs (Banksia marginata) grows at the corner of the avenue in front of the winery. Originally occurring throughout the entire district, they probably inspired the Aboriginal word Coonawarra, meaning Honeysuckle Rise.