Organic viticulture can basically be summed up as growing grapes in an environmentally friendly way. This is done by looking after grapevines and harvesting them without the use of synthetic (man-made) chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides and fungicides. It is also important to promote bio-diversity and maintain as much of the natural environment around the vineyard as is possible, and to try to establish a natural equilibrium in which no part of the ecosystem is out of balance with the rest.
The reasons that grape growers decide to "go organic" are many and varied, but for Rosily Vineyard the decision was made as a result of our commitment to make wines that truly reflect the unique patch of land upon which they are grown, and to look after that land, and the people who work upon it.
At Rosily Vineyard we felt that having the recognised auditors at Australian Certified Organic go through every step of the growing process each year, from pruning through to harvest, to certify that each step and every input adheres to organic principles, gives us complete integrity and prevents any shortcuts or exceptions being taken.
We began trialling organic viticulture at Rosily Vineyard in 2012, and became an ACO certified organic vineyard in May 2017. This meant that the first Rosily wines to be produced from certified organic grapes were those harvested in vintage 2018. The winemaking operations were certified organic at the beginning of the 2019 vintage, and we now intend to have 100% of our production each year certified organic.
All of the fruit used to make our wines is grown on our single organic vineyard. Our commitment to crafting top quality wines - that truely reflect the land from which they are made - is matched by our commitment to the health and sustainability of that land.
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