J.W. Proud and his young family first settled on the banks of the Murray River at Cobdogla in South Australia during the final years of WW1. In the late 1920s Jack moved his family to Loxton where, as an engineer, he assisted with the commissioning of the Sherwood Irrigation Area’s steam driven pumps.
Sherwood Estates P/L manages 200 hectares of wine grapes and is a showcase example of best practice viticulture in the Riverland, leveraging insights through the industry’s leading networks to consistently deliver outstanding quality grapes.
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Sherwood Estates P/L grapes are being pursued by winemakers from around Australia for their vibrant, varietal honesty, with fruit going to wines exclusively for the US market and into brands of global renown.
Chardonnay and Shiraz are the backbone of Sherwood Estates P/L along with Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.
Emerging Mediterranean varieties which are well suited to the hot and dry climate of the Riverland are gaining a reputation, most particularly for Sherwood Estates P/L, Bianco d’Alessano.
As a mid-late ripening variety, Bianco d’Alessano makes a wine very similar to Riesling. This variety shot to fame in Australia when it was awarded Wine of the Show at the 2010 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show.
More recently Alex Russell Wines (Alejandro label), was awarded a bronze medal for the 2016 Bianco d’Alessano at the 2016 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show.
White Grape Varieties
Red Grape Varieties
Care of the land is fundamental to the Sherwood Estates P/L business. To consistently deliver the quality objective and hand a healthy property to future generations, there is constant focus on:
The Sherwood Estates P/L business structure enables constant review of production efficiencies, which delivers regular upgrades in equipment and technology to maximise output.
With less than 300mm rainfall annually, efficient management of water is a high priority.
Drip irrigation is employed throughout all the vineyards with constant on-site monitoring.
Vines are planted on drought tolerant rootstocks where they naturally scavenge for soil water, whilst mid-row management with under vine mulching and soil monitoring optimise water use.
Working alongside industry leaders such as plant pathologist Peter Magarey and research agronomist, Shane Phillips, a tailor made spray and plant nutrition program has been developed to enhance the production of best quality grapes, using low environmental impact chemicals.
Sherwood has recently established its own worm farm to produce high performance, organic fertiliser.
Development of new clones in conjunction with industry leading viticulturist and the Yalumba Nursery to maximise:
Climate & environment
Sherwood Estates are located in the Riverland at Loxton North, South Australia.