Since first becoming certified just over a decade ago, Angove Family Winemakers has fully embraced the organic ethos and are now the largest organic winery in Australia with nearly 200 ha of fully certified family vineyard and ongoing relationships with a number of certified growers.
Achieving organic certification is a rigorous process, and it takes three years for a vineyard to become fully certified. The 14ha historic Warboys Vineyard in McLaren Vale has been managed organically and biodynamically from date of purchase in 2008 and is now fully certified. Angove use specially designed “under-vine mowers”, built and modified by their own engineering department for weed control (weed control is one of the hardest parts of farming organically).
“Organic viticulture is viewed as the best way to improve soil quality and optimise water use, which creates stronger, healthier vines and better fruit. It is more expensive but we believe it makes better tasting wines and, importantly, is better for the environment,” says Tony Ingle, Angove Chief Winemaker.
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