Question: Which wine region has the oldest Mourvedre vines?
Answer: Might have expected the Rhone Valley in France but it is the Barossa Valley in Australia. Plantings of “selection massale” Old Garden by Friedrich Koch in 1853 for Hewitson are reputed to be the oldest surviving Mourvedre vines. These late ripening deep rooted vines in sand over limestone have adapted so well to the hot dry
terroir existing there. Hard to believe they will be 170 years old next year in 2023 and are still producing those special grapes for wine.
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