With the rise of sustainable agriculture, wineries are converting to growing organic wines – and with good reason.
If you’ve never heard of biodynamic wine, you’re probably wondering what all the fuss is about? The trend currently taking over the wine industry is all about producing a much more sustainable, healthier product that’s good for the environment and those who consume it.
While the method isn't new and has been used by some for years, it is becoming more important to those who enjoy a glass - or two - and want to know exactly what's in the drop they are drinking.
“We have definitely seen a growth in popularity and interest in biodynamics,” Carla Windrim from Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard in Broke, NSW says.
So what exactly is Biodynamic wine? Biodynamics considers the whole wine making process. From the fruit used to the post-harvest processes, it is all about using natural ways to obtain a sustainable and healthier product.
“There is a lot more work involved in Biodynamic farming and viticulture than in other methods," Carla says.
“Although once the fruit has made it to the winery, the process is similar to traditional methods. We use natural yeasts for fermentation wherever possible and only very minimal sulfur.”
Organic wine is not only good for the soil, grapes and quality of the wine, it’s also good for your health and your hangover.
“I would say knowing you are drinking something that is made from fruit that is grown without the use of chemicals definitely makes it a healthier product to enjoy,” she says.
“We find a lot of our customers say they get less hangovers when they drink our wines, this is most probably due to the much lower sulfur levels in the wine and the fact that our vineyard doesn’t use pesticides and herbicides contributes to this too.”
Carla with her dad Rod and brother Pete, plus Minti the Mareema security guard of the farm. Photo: Nikki To.
So if you’re looking to introduce yourself to a biodynamic blend, we’ve selected the best places to stay and sip organic wine, hangover-free!
Check out these locations around Australia for your next sip and stay vacay:
Located in the beautiful town of Broke, this winery is leading the way when it comes to organic blends and has seen a significant change in their wines’ flavour.
Accommodation in the heart of the Hunter Valley and just a 25 minute drive to Krinklewood Winery through beautiful Broke.
Sip: Cullens Wines, WA
The team at Cullens have been involved in organic wine making since 1971 and have always had minimal chemical intervention. Their beautiful granite and timber cellar door is set amongst the vineyard.
Located on the banks of the Vasse River, just minutes from the town centre, approx. 30 minute drive to Cullen Wines.
Sip: Lark Hill Biodynamic Winery, Canberra
This vineyard is located at 860m elevation and is one of the highest plantings in the Canberra District. Although it’s cold, it’s worth the trip. The vineyard uses minimal intervention winemaking techniques to reflect the geology, climate and location of our vineyard in each bottle of wine.
Located in the heart of Dickson, approx. 25 minute drive to Lark Hill Biodynamic Winery.
Set into the lower slopes of the Warby Ranges, and fringed by the Winton Wetlands to the west, this beautiful vineyard contains some of the oldest plantings in North East Victoria.
Located in Victoria’s North East, approx. 20 minute drive to Baileys.
A multi-award winning agricultural haven is situated on a 1100 acre, certified organic beef farm, vineyard and winery. Here, you will find a fully organic certified winery with seasonal influences making their wine unique year to year.
Within walking distance to the CBD, approx. 1 hour 30 minute drive to Restdown Wines.