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Biodynamic Wines from Tamburlaine

With over 100 hectares of certified biodynamic vineyard at Borenore in Orange, Tamburlaine has, according to wine expert Max Allen, “one of the biggest [certified biodynamic vineyard] on the planet”.

Biodynamic farming is a method that was developed by Dr Rudolf Steiner in 1924, which adopts an organic, soil-focused, regenerative approach. Similar to other organic techniques, this modern ecological farming system excludes artificial fertilizers in favour of manure and composts. Where biodynamic agriculture differs is in the use of fermented herbs and mineral, and with a focus on lunar cycle planting and harvest schedules. 

Australia has more than two million acres of land that is farmed biodynamically – more than the rest of the world put together. Under biodynamic principles no synthetic fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides are used. Instead soil health is created through the use of compost, crop rotation and a series of organic preparations to enhance soil and crop quality. The ultimate aim is to create a self-sufficient farm, with a focus on sustainability.

For Tamburlaine, biodynamic farming has provided a sustainable, regenerative method. “Since converting to biodynamic farming our soils are bursting with life. I also think we have the largest population of earthworms in the world – something that non biodynamic farms lack. Healthy happy worms mean good soil, healthy crops and exceptional wine quality,” says Mark Davidson, chief winemaker and managing director at Tamburlaine.

Today there are 2,000 certified biodynamic farms in the world that adhere to stringent organic practices. Many of the world’s best wines are certified biodynamic, with over 10 percent of France’s certified organic vineyard area now biodynamic.

Tamburlaine is certified biodynamic by Australian Certified Organic (ACO).

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