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Our vineyards were established and developed by our family company, which consists of three vineyards at separate locations in Renmark. This is to take advantage of the different soil types and to grow better and more distinctive grapes for winemaking.

Peter Markeas established the first vineyard in 1969, with 3 acres of Shiraz planted, which is used to make the Mallee Estate Shiraz. Today the vineyards consist of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Tempranillo, Grenache, Mourvedre, Riesling and Chardonnay.

All wines are made from estate grown grapes therefore we ensure full quality control and traceability throughout the entire growing season. All our vineyards are HACCP certified through SGS International.We utilise cover crop methods to maintain soil moisture and build up organic matter in the soil. This allows a healthy environment for microorganisms to compost the organic matter, therefore reducing the need for industrial fertilisers.

The Vineyard Cycle



  • Soil preparation for new season                                          
  • Bud burst becomes apparent



  • Rapid growth of shoots
  • Disease prevention




  •  Development and training of canopy


  • Berries increase in size and veraison starts
  • Disease prevention sprays cease


  • Monitor vine health and ripening



Early FebruaryHarvest

  • Vintage Begins
  • Harvesting of white varieties
  • Moisture levels int he soil still monitored and maintained


Late February / March

  • Harvesting of red varieties
  • Moisture levels int he soil still monitored and maintained



AprilMallee estates

  • Vintage concludes
  • Soil nutrients added and moisture levels maintained

April /May

  • Vineyard maintenance

June / July / August

  • Pruning
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