One of the winemaker’s favourites, Fiano was initially used in blending and adding interest to some of the other varieties. After years of outstanding quality, the Fiano Winemakers Reserve Berton Vineyard has been released. The Fiano grapes were pressed immediately and the must was fermented until it was bone dry in stainless steel temperature-controlled tanks. The philosophy with this wine was to retain the fresh, varietal characteristics with little intervention.
Fiano is native to Campania in Italy, but this early ripening and relatively low yielding variety has been really flourishing in the Australian climate for the past few decades. The Fiano grapes for this wine come from the Torino vineyard near the village of Tharbogang in the Riverina, New South Wales. The vines are grown on sandy soil with clay subsoils. As the climate is hot and dry, drip irrigation is required to nourish the vines. The vineyard rows are orientated to face north to south and the vines are trellised on a double wire and spur pruned. The grapes are machine harvested when they have reached the optimum levels of maturity.
Established by Bob and Cherie Berton in May 1996, Berton Vineyard is one of the most important wine producers in Australia. The estate covers 30 hectares of land located on gently rolling hills at 450 metres above sea level, in a subregion of Eden Valley in South Australia. The superb Reserve Shiraz and Reserve Chardonnay wines are still sourced from this plot. In 2007, Bob purchased the Yenda winery in the heart of the Riverina. This state-of-the-art facility has the capacity to process 20,000 tonnes and enables Berton Vineyard to produce value for money wines which sit alongside their premium single-vineyard offerings.