Krinklewood Vineyard displays the benefits of biodynamics.
Visiting French biodynamic winemaker, Pascal Lambert, contacted Rod Windrim earlier this year to request a personal tour and tasting of Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard near Broke. He had been told from various sources that Krinklewood was one of the best examples of biodynamic viticulture in Australia.
Nestled in the picturesque Broke-Fordwich Valley of the Hunter Valley, Krinklewood Vineyard is set amongst perfectly manicured, Provencal gardens with urns and fountains. The cellar door and winery has a high pitched roof-line with loft barn doors opening to the rolling views, and French doors opening to the hedged gardens and pebbled entrance.
Krinklewood has been operating biodynamically since 2002 and is fully certified biodynamic and organic. No herbicides or pesticides are used.
Every aspect of this Hunter Valley vineyard and farm is managed in a biodynamic, organic, holistic and sustainable way. Vineyard activities are implemented in line with the lunar cycle following the philosophy of founder Rudolf Steiner.
Mountain-size compost heaps are constantly on the go. During spring the vineyard team inoculated rows of compost with fermented cow and chicken manure and fish. This is an effective home-brew of micro-organisms to feed the biology in the soil, preparing for the summer growing season.
The Biodynamic inputs from the many farm animals and gardens add to the all-important vineyard bio-diversity. Krinklewood also maintains an extensive herb garden which provides ingredients for the biodynamic preparations used throughout the lunar calendar. Sheep and cattle along with ducks and geese are also constantly at work; they are the ‘weeding crew’, naturally fertilising the vineyard as they go…
Owner and vigneron, Rod Windrim, was recently a guest speaker at the 6th Australian Wine Industry Environmental Conference in Adelaide, to share details of his holistic approach with industry experts. His question-time had not a minute silence, with Biodynamic operators, organic operators and mainstream vigneron’s all quizzing him on alternative solutions to pest control and how to nurture and enhance the soils precious biology.
“…biodynamics is better for the environment, better for the people who work and live on the property and it ultimately gives us better quality wine.” says Rod.
With no artificial inputs, over time, the characteristics of Krinklewood’s wines have become wholly and truly ‘Krinklewood’.
Krinklewood’s boutique cellar door is located at 712 Wollombi Road, Broke, Hunter Valley; a twenty minute drive west of Pokolbin and a pleasant two-hour drive from Sydney.
Cheese Platters are now available.
Normal Opening Hours: Weekends 10am – 5pm.
Christmas Opening Hours: Tue 27th, Wed 28th, Thu 29th & Fri 30th - 10am-5pm
Sat 31st Dec - 10am-2pm
Please note that Krinkewood Cellar Door isclosed; Sat 24th, Sun 25th, Mon 26th December and Sun 1st January.