OLD MARANDOO ESTATE & OLD BELVIDERE ESTATE
LANGHORNE CREEK, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
"Marandoo" is an aboriginal word which means "place of plenty" and has been associated with the land in this region for over 40 years.
In 1995, Old Marandoo Estate, today owned by Marandoo Estate Limited (“MEL”), was established as a premium wine grape estate on farming land that had been in the Eckert family since the 1950’s in the emerging Langhorne Creek wine region of South Australia. The Estate is approximately 76 km south east of Adelaide near the famous town of Strathalbyn.
Today, Old Marandoo is planted to approximately 240 ha of vineyard and other horticulture enterprises and sits on approximately 320 ha of land. The picturesque Marandoo Estate Homestead, built in the mid-1990’s, sits on the Estate in 3 ha of manicured grounds.
Over the period since development commenced, there has been momentus changes to the land which had been used for cereal and stock grazing over most of the previous 140 years. This includes vineyards, patches, groves and water storage facilities to enhance the valuable productive capacity of the once dry-land farming region. Native vegetation also surrounds much of the intensive horticulture.
In 2001, due to land restrictions and a desire to diversify the geographic risk to MEL shareholders, Old Belvidere Estate was purchased and established in the north-western end of Langhorne Creek. The 83ha property is planted to 71 hectares of vineyard in the western end of the Langhorne Creek wine region. This was originally Eckert land that dates back to the 1850’s, the establishment date for the Langhorne Creek region. Today, the Eckert family remain a principal shareholder in MEL.
The vineyard, primarily Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Shiraz, remains in full production.
Since 2011, FABAL Operations, the manager of the property, has replanted (by grafting and new development) approximately 25% of the vineyards. This new development, all planted to traditional red varieties, is approaching completion and will mature over the next 2-3 years.
The vineyard will now be predominantly red wine grapes, Shiraz is the major planting with reasonable plantings of Cabernet and Merlot. The continuing white varieties are Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc.
The vineyard is developing a solid reputation for growing C grade premium wine grapes for inclusion into some of the most famous Australian brands, including Jacobs Creek, Grant Burge, and Penfolds.
Because of the near perfect climatic conditions: it's proximity to a large body of water (Lake Alexandrina), its warm climate, and low frost risk, it has been ideal for growing high quality fruit.