Mt Surmon Vineyard overlooks northern Clare Valley from a 400 metre hillside. Plantings of 20 acres commenced in October 1995. A further 20 acres were planted in October 1997 with 10 acres planted in October 2000. Grape varieties consist of Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Nebbiolo, Pinot Gris and Viognier.
The climate is classified as Mediterranean with a very cold and wet winter, frosty but mild spring and hot, usually dry, summer. Annual average rainfall for Clare township is 632 mm.