About Montefalcon Vineyard
Our now-retired chief vigneron Baldassarre (Baldo) Lucaroni, was born in Umbria, Italy during the hot summer of 1942. Baldo brought not only his vines from his homeland of central Italy but also his inherited knowledge and passion of tending vines organically to make natural, preservative free Italian-Style wines in the cool of the Porongurups, Western Australia. His goal was to produce a balanced style of wine that shows its full potential with food. Striving to encourage consumers that wine is not merely an alcoholic beverage, but an integral part to a meal.
Our land where we have planted vines has not been used for agriculture previously, so we have had no contamination to worry about. Our property mostly composes of natural bush land (so our vines have a fine buffer zone between us and any agricultural drift). The natural environment and purity of our soil, air, water is very important to us & our young family’s so we treat our vines and wines with the same natural respect.
We use cypress pine anchor holding posts, which are naturally white ant resistant. Most vineyards in Australia (organic or not) use CCA treated pine posts near their vines. The leaching of Copper, Chromium and Arsenic into the soil is something that we did not want to entertain. So you can be sure our wine will thankfully not have any traces of potentially toxic contaminants. Our property neighbours the Porongurup National Park which is home to many large wedge tail eagles and small falcons, which makes our name Montefalcon (mount falcon) symbolic.
The Porongurup area has a unique microclimate, with many cool-cloud covered summer days, providing ideal conditions for the grapes to ripen with a well-balanced acid to sugar ratio. With the longest growing season in Western Australia, the Porongurup wine region is the last to harvest.