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The Bridgetown Winery vineyard is in the Blackwood Valley Wine Region (latitude 35º58’39”S, longitude 116º03’55”E, altitude 132 m a.s.l.). It is located approximately 9 kilometres from the Bridgetown townsite with one frontage on the Blackwood River. The property is 14 acres with an irrigation dam on a winter stream.

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The vineyard covers only 2 acres and consists of 25 rows varying in length from 60-120 metres with rows in a north-south orientation. The soil is generally deep red to brown loams overlying red clay loam or light clay. The vineyard has a gentle slope with a northerly aspect, although the north east corner has a steeper slope.

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The vine rows are spaced at 3 metres and the vines are 2 metres apart. The cordon wire is at 1.2 metres and the trellis structure is for vertical shoot positioning with 2 sets of movable wires on 2 metre high pine log posts. Posts are generally 8 metres apart with 4 vines to each panel. The vineyard is planted with 1,257 Vitis vinifera vines (Shiraz variety) on hybrid rootstock of V. riparia crossed with V. rupestris (Schwarzmann).