4 Londons Road, Lovedale
JAMES HALLIDAY rating
Capercaillie Wines was established in the Hunter Valley by Alasdair Sutherland in late 1995 when he built a small modern winery on an excellent 20 year old vineyard.
Alasdair was a Scot, his heritage is reflected in the very name 'Capercaillie'. It is the Gaelic name given to the black wood-lands grouse, native to the pine forests of Scotland.
In the 20 plus years since the winery was established, Capercaillie has built a firm customer base in domestic and export markets and has gained a reputation as a quality producer with many award winning wines.
To enhance the already extensive range of individual Hunter Valley wines, Capercaillie has chosen select parcels of grapes from other proven regions of Australia, creating exciting multi-area blends which highlight climatic and varietal differences.
Make Capercaillie Wines a must stop visit on your next Hunter Valley trip. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will show you through our premium wines. Ask about 'The Clan Club' to ensure your part of Alasdair's dream.
The 7ha vineyard in Lovedale was originally planted in the mid 1970s mainly of Chardonnay supplemented with a couple of acres of Gewürztraminer. In the mid to late nineties Alasdair Sutherland made the decision to replant a small portion of the ageing Chardonnay with approximately 1ha each of the two red varieties Chambourcin and Petit Verdot.
The relatively low yielding Lovedale vineyard provides approximately up to 40% of the required fruit volume. This is supplemented with Semillon, Verdelho, Merlot and Shiraz from other Hunter vineyards. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc from Rylstone & Mudgee districts in NSW, and Cabernet and Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and the Barossa Valley in South Australia. Capercaillie's wide quality source base allows for the accommodation of vintage variables, market trends and volume requirement fluctuations.
Our Winemaker - Peter Lane
With over 20 years experience in the wine industry in the Hunter Valley Peter Lane has worked with some of the leading winemakers in the Hunter including Lindeman’s, Tyrrell’s and McWilliams.
Born and raised in the lower Hunter Valley encouraged an interests in science, viticulture and agriculture. After deciding at a young age he wanted to become a winemaker, he went on to a Bachelor Applied Science (Agriculture), Bachelor Applied Science (Wine Science) and later on a Grad Certificate in Business Administration.
His first full time job in the wine industry was as a trainee chemist for Mount Pleasant where he spent 6 years, working with many dedicated people and developed a passion for Hunter Shiraz and Semillon.
He then moved on to Southcorp where he was based at Tulloch wines in the early 1990’s, here Peter saw a different side to winemaking and the styles being made. In 2003 Peter was approached by Tyrrell's to join them as an Assistant winemaker, once again returning to a family owned vineyard winery steeped in tradition.
The opportunity to work with great old vineyards and other regions adds an excitement and a challenge to the his position as winemaker at Capercaillie.
When Pete is not busy making beautiful Hunter Valley wines he enjoys watching cricket and kicking back with a beer.
OPENING HOURS: Daily 10:00am - 4.30pm