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Economic and environmental sustainability are our driving principals. These practices are about giving life back to the soil and managing the vineyard as a balanced sustainable farming unit. This includes organic practices such as recycling through composts and liquid manures and increasing plant bio diversity through inter-row crops. Our own Highland cow herd provide the manure to drive our composting process.Using the biodynamic farming and gardening calendar, the rhythmic influences of the sun, moon, planets and stars are recognised and worked where possible. This commitment has been recognised and rewarded recently when we won the Hills Harvest and Gallagher Innovation Awards. Our 31 hectare vineyard located on ancient free-draining soils has 94,000 vines which when in full production will produce over 15,000 cases per year. Our seven year inter-row crop rotation maintains healthy soils full of life and bio diversity. Every year, one row in seven will be sowed in a variety of plants and benefical flowers. These flowers, such as buckwheat, lupins and phacelia provide crucial protection to the vineyard attracting beneficial insects that will kill off unwanted pests that can destroy the fruit and vines. A good example of this is the Tasmanica Wasp which preys on the Leaf roller Caterpillar – a pest that causes harmful botrytis, a type of rot in the grape bunches. Principally this practice is about giving life back to the soil and managing the vineyard as a balanced sustainable farming unit. This includes organic practices such as recycling through composts and liquid manures and increasing plant bio diversity. Using the biodynamic farming and gardening calendar, the rhythmic influences of the sun, moon, planets and stars are recognised and worked where possible. For example, a fundamental vineyard activity such as applying foliar feeds (natural nutrients) is timed with the ascending moon, as the vine is more active during this period. By contrast, racking the wine is timed with the descending moon, ensuring the wine is calm and all the goodness and flavours are retained and not lost to the atmosphere. We began the process of organic certification and using biodynamic practices in 2007 and in 2010 became fully BioGro certified.