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Organic Vineyard

What is Organics?

Organics is a holistic system in which the founding premise of organic farming is that optimum soil management will produce healthy crops in a sustainable manner. Organic practices aim to respect all life and embrace biodiversity by conserving and minimising negative impacts on the natural environment.

The key principles of organic farming are:

  • encouraging and enhancing biological cycles
  • maintaining and improving long-term soil structure and fertility
  • maintaining genetic diversity
  • cycling organic matter and nutrients within a production system
  • minimising all forms of pollution
  • adopting an integrated management system for soil, crops and the environment for weed, pest and disease control
  • aiming to produce food of high nutritional quality.

Where did biodynamics come from?

In the 1920s' a number of European farmers were deeply concerned with signs of agriculture in decline:

  • Soil infertility
  • Unhealthy animals
  • Loss of food quality.

Philosopher and scientist Dr Rudolf Steiner responded with lectures introducing biodynamic concepts.

In New Zealand, biodynamic methods were first used in 1928 at Havelock North.

Why do we do it?

We incorporate biodynamics into our organic regime in our vineyards more and more as we learn how our vineyards live and respond to this way of living.  To us it just makes sense. Respect and care for the soil and plants is a philosophy that could be applied to all life.  We find the vineyard is more alive, the vines are healthier and therefore the fruit we harvest is in much better condition.  This gives us better flavours and balance in the fruit which of course makes better wine.  We try and make our wine as natural as possible – with as little intervention as possible – however at the end of the day what we want to make is the best wine, so we make our decisions based on that.  For example it is sometimes better to add a little sulphur to ensure the wine you are drinking is in the best possible condition and we rely on the experience and skill of our winemaker to make this call.

What do we do?

  • Compost
  • Cows
  • Preps
  • Cover Crops

We are a member of the MANA -Marlborough Natural Winegrowers.  

 

Rock Ferry Wines Ltd
PO Box 544, Blenheim, 7240
Ph +64 (0)3 579 6430
wine@rockferry.co.nz

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130 Hammerichs Road, Blenheim
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