Cherry Tree Hill is a family owned and run vineyard located in the Southern Highlands of NSW. The Lorentz family have four generations of wine in their veins dating back to their vineyard in Hungary where Gabi's grandfather used to tend the grapes on horse and cart. These days they have taken some of these old world techniques and combined them with cutting-edge technology to produce some of the best cool climate grapes in Australia.
What grape varieties do you believe grow best in your region?
Without a doubt that would have to be Riesling – at Cherry Tree Hill it’s our passion and we’ve never had a bad vintage. Cherry Tree Hill was awarded the Best Riesling in NSW at the 2011 NSW Wine Awards. We make our Riesling in a dry style and it can be enjoyed whilst young or aged for many years.
What other varietals grow well in the Southern Highlands?
Chardonnay and Pinot are also very successful varieties in our region. The Chardonnay we produce in the Southern Highlands is considered ‘New Age’ in style. We don’t bombard our fruit with heavy oak tannins and the fruit always shines. Our reserve Chardonnay, named after my mother Diana, won the Trophy for Best Chardonnay in the Australian Highlands in 2011, which encompasses any vineyard in Australia above 500m in elevation. We had our first harvest of Pinot in 2014 and hope to be at the forefront of that varietal as well.