Mapleton Vineyard, situated near the hamlet of Tea Tree in the Coal River Valley Wine Region, is owned by the Laing family, Paul and his parents Denis and Kathryn.
The vines are grown on what was originally three adjoining properties, Mapleton, Woodlands and Lynwood. The first property, Mapleton, was purchased by Paul in 2004. Paul and Denis had often discussed the idea of planting a vineyard on Mapleton, given its ideal aspects of gently rolling northern facing banks and rich dolomitic soils, but it wasn’t until 2014 that the thoughts became a reality.
The first planting of 1 hectare of Pinot noir was initially planned to be followed by a further 4 hectares the following year. An exciting opportunity arose, however, to purchase the neighbouring property known as Woodlands. Woodlands has approximately three of its hectares in vines, the first of which are plantings dating back to 1992.When the Laing family acquired the property the vines had been in a serious state of neglect for many years. Today, after several years of hard work and a lot of TLC the vines are once again producing some truly amazing fruit including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and a small amount of Cabernet.
Lynwood was purchased six months after Woodlands, and Kathryn and Denis now call that property home. Lynwood has 4 hectares of vines including, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling, all planted in 2003. These vines had also been struggling for some time to produce fruit and in 2017 after the first year under new management only a small quantity of Pinot Noir was harvested and bottled. Our 2018 vintage was wholly sourced from Lynwood and yielded a fabulous Pinot Noir, a Pinot Noir Rose, a Chardonnay and a Gold Medal winning Riesling that also won the Trophy for Best 2018 Vintage Wine at the 2018 Tasmanian Wine Show.