Rowsley Fault Vineyard has been named after the unique geological formation that created such perfect soil profiles for viticulture in the Moorabool Valley.
The ‘Rowsley Fault’ is a geological fault formed about one million years ago at the western edge of the Port Phillip Basin where it meets the Moorabool Valley. When the land to the east of the fault sank and to the west rose, the streams cutting into the fault line formed deep rocky gorges that are major features of the Moorabool Valley.
The power of these shifting blocks and sedimentary processes allowed a variety of soils to surface and settle throughout the region. The effect was that the current Rowsley Fault Vineyard found itself on top of rich clay loam soils that are resting on a layer of shattered limestone outcrops.
This ancient shake-up of the surrounding earth has provided a remarkable terroir for the growth of the range of varietal wines that are produced at the vineyard.