We believe that organic viticulture will produce better fruit and ultimately better quality wine. Click here to read through the differences between organic, biodynamic and conventional viticulture and wine making.
Many people appreciate the benefits of a healthy organic lifestyle and wine drinkers are increasingly becoming aware of potential allergies to chemical additives in the wine making process.
We follow organic and biodynamic standards in the vineyard by avoiding the use of herbicides and pesticides. We also encourage the natural biology of the soil by using compost teas and biodynamic preparations. Our wines are certified Organic - we conform to the European organic standards in the winery, minimising additives including Sulphites.
Biodynamics is sort of organics plus. Like organics, it excludes the use of artificial chemicals and encourages the use of composts and manures. However it also promotes the holistic interrelationships between the soil, the plants and animals, as well as the more subtle rhythms associated with the moon, the sun and the planets.
Special manure and herb based preparations are applied to the vineyard to enhance and stimulate microbiological life in the soil and improve fertility. Each spring we spray a solution made from Horn Manure (500), which has spent the winter in cow horns buried in the vineyard, and during the growing month we use Horn Silica (501) which helps ripen the grapes. Our compost preparations include yarrow (502), chamomile (503), stinging nettles (504), oak bark (505), dandelion (506) and valerian (507).
Many famous vineyards throughout the world have adopted the biodynamic approach, including Coulee de Serrant, Domaine de Romanee Conti, Domaine Laflaive, Beaux Freres in Oragon and Henschke in Australia. In Burgundy alone there are more than forty biodynamic estates.
Biodynamic practices encouraging the natural terroir of the land, which gives the wine its own special character, as well as taking another step towards sustainable viticulture and wine making. Click here to read through the differences between conventional, organic and biodynamic viticulture and winemaking.
Biodiversity is very important to us and we are very happy to have bees on the vineyard making Albury Honey!
For details of our Sustainability Policy click here.