The Richfield Vineyard is in the New England wine region in NSW. It was originally established by Frenchman Bernard Forey in the early 1990s. After consulting leading viticulturalist Dr. Richard Smart, Bernard acquired 75 hectares of land in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range near the historic township of Tenterfield. The vineyard sits at an altitude of 700m, putting it within the 1% of Australian vineyards that are located above 600m, according to Wine Australia. This unique high elevation provides an exceptional climate for growing grapes. Combined with its granite-rich soil, this is the reason this vineyard produces such high-quality fruit.
In 2000, the Frenchman approached John Cassegrain – one of Australia’s most respected winemakers – as the contract winemaker and consultant. And the first vintage from the Richfield Vineyard was produced this same year. Today, John is the winemaker and major shareholder at the Richfield Vineyard. As the son of French migrants, he enjoys maintaining his links to France, which has been strengthened from his work with Bernard at Richfield.
Richfield produces exceptional parcels of Chardonnay, Verdelho, Semillon, Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Richfield Vineyard has won numerous awards, in particular for Semillon and Shiraz.
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