Our Estate’s diverse micro-climates are ideal for growing Bordeaux varieties. Warm temperatures start early in the year and continue through October for late, yet ideal, ripening conditions. A very slight marine influence affects our Estate through giving it the diurnal temperature differentiation—of warm days and cool nights—of classic winegrowing regions throughout the world.
Daytime temperatures are very similar to Napa Valley's Oakville District, where legendary vineyards such as ToKalon produce stunning Cabernet Sauvignon each season. However, nights at Lancaster Estate are approximately three degrees warmer than Oakville. These milder nighttime temperatures are both cool enough to maintain optimum acidity in grapes and warm enough to allow them to continue ripening throughout the growing period. This extended growing period is vital to slowly developing full physiological varietal maturity and provides an optimum balance of sugar, acid and flavor development in each grape cluster.