Grape Growing and Wine Making Policy
Although the Cassegrain winery is located in Port Macquarie, only a small proportion of the grapes we source come from the Hastings Valley. Some grapes (like semillon and chambourcin) thrive in our warm maritime climate, and these are ideal for certain wine styles.
However the majority of our grapes are sourced from other cooler climate regions in NSW. The Cassegrain family are farmers born and bred in NSW, and it is our policy to support the grape growers of NSW - we source all fruit for our wines from NSW.
Cassegrain has always recognised the importance that terroir play in determining grape characteristics and we source grapes from many different regions of New South Wales ranging from cool climates to warm climates and low and high altitudes which allow us to produce wines in a range of varieties and styles.
We work closely with all of our grape growers in Hastings River, New England, Hunter Valley, Central Ranges (Orange and Mudgee), Tumbarumba and Rylstone in order to produce fruit of the style and character we are seeking for the given variety and wine style. Chief Winemaker John Cassegrain and Senior Winemaker Alex Cassegrain regularly drive thousands of kilometres to visit each of our growers in the various regions to discuss and agree on vineyard management and pruning, cropping, and timing for harvest.
Our winemakers also create wines blended from the grapes of different regions which permits the building of layers of flavour and complexity. Being multi regional has the added advantage that we are not dependent on one climate, which helps our production to be more consistent.