At Avondale, we make extraordinary wines approved by Mother Nature

Our ethos, Terra Est Vita meaning ‘Soil is Life’ encapsulates our view of Avondale Estate as a dynamic living system where soil, water and energy; plants, animals and people;even our buildings, are part of a complex web of relationships and networks, interconnected and interdependent.

Premium Quality Wines – Our commitment to promoting life does not only lead to Mother Nature’s approval of our healthy, balanced vineyard ecosystem; it also ensures the premium quality of Avondale’s unique, naturally-made, slow wines. The vigour of our well-tended vines leads to excellent grapes bursting with fresh flavours that are evident in our individually-styled, classic wines, so full of life and character.

Certified Organic – Avondale is certified organic and we practice bio-dynamic agriculture; but we go beyond both these beneficial systems of natural farming by also using the best 21st Century science, technology and knowledge to enhance sustainability.

Enjoying Our Wines – When we despatch Avondale wines for worldwide distribution in select markets, we hold the intention that they will play a role in enhancing healthy balance and affirming joy in the lives of those that take pleasure in them. We are mindful that whenever an Avondale wine is part of a family dinner or a celebration; an exciting gathering or a solitary interlude we are all connected in those moments by a shared love of life.

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Does the Lunar Calendar affect the taste of your wine?

We are often asked about the Luna Tasting Calendar and how it affects the taste of wines. In the 1950s Maria Thun, a German biodynamic practioner developed the Biodynamic Planting Calendar which linked certain aspects of biodynamic farming to constellations within the Zodiac. This was a more formal arrangement of the unwritten luna cycles to which farmers have planted or harvested for hundreds of years. Continue reading

Cows & their role in nature’s chain at Avondale

Cows contribute to nature’s chain in several ways; bringing diversity, energy, enzymatic processes and most obviously, manure. We utilise a concentrated grazing system with portable electric fencing; this way we can manage our pastures, get the best quality food for the cattle and make sure we do not get selective- or over-grazing taking place. Our cows graze in our nutrient-rich pastures ensuring they eat when they want and whatever is available, as nature intended. I believe that this leads to happier cows that produce better meat.
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