The Frewer family established Jones Road vineyard in 1997 at Somerville on the Mornington Peninsula overlooking Westernport Bay. The maritime climate of this region produces some of Australia's best cool climate wines because of the late ripening, the fertile soil and careful vineyard management.
Since those early days we have secured lease on 2 other vineyards here on the Peninsula. One on the Port Phillip side, close to the water and the other at Balnarring near the Westernport Bay. This has increased our vineyards to 60 acres. With these extra parcels of fruit it gives the winemakers an opportunity to blend from the different sites, mixing different terroirs.
Matt, the vineyard manager has gained recognition for his attention to detail and care of the vines. This has lead to other vineyards requesting his advice and operational skills. He is now caring for another six vineyards on the Peninsula.
The varietals were carefully chosen to suit both the cool climate conditions and yet supply a good selection of premium wines. The Mornington Peninsula has developed a reputation for producing some outstanding Pinots and Chardonnays whilst Pinot Gris and Grigio are gaining popularity. The vines are managed throughout the year with traditional skills, all being hand pruned and harvested. Yields are deliberately kept low to enable the vine to produce the finest quality fruit with exciting tannin structure enhancing the fruit with the special 'terroir' of our fine vineyard sites.