Catherine Vale Vineyard was established in 1993 with vines being planted by family and friends.
Much research went into the selection of vines and rootstocks.
Semillon- two clones of Semillon were grafted onto 2 different rootstocks. The Tyrrells and Drayton Semillon clones were selected from great numbers of clones as these two were recorded as the best for Hunter Valley production. Rootstock selection was more difficult and the varieties selected were K51-32 and T 5C . All replants were replaced with Ramsey rootstocks on the advice of our consultant Graham Doran the then vineyard manager of McWilliams.
Chardonnay one clone of chardonnay was selected and bench grafted onto 3 rootstocks. These are K51-32 , T5C and Schwartzman. The 3 different rootstocks were selected due to the differing soil types in the vineyard with expected differing growing results.
The trellis system used is VSP(Vertical Shoot Position)