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Bress Wine, Australia – Adam Marks

January 29, 2012

Nadege Allouch (winemaker) and Adams Marks (winemaker and director)

We operate using a number of core beliefs that underpin everything we do:

1.   To farm in a sustainable manner that is environmentally sound. This is achieved by using Biodynamic farming practices. Biodynamic farming was developed in the mid 1920’s by Rudolph Steiner and advocates the non-use of synthetic herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers. Instead, composting and mulching are used on the farm to build up soil organic matter, which improves soil moisture retention. Natural biodynamic “preparations” are used to improve soil vitality and plant health.

2.  Recognition that one grape growing region cannot be all things for the wine styles we wish to make.  We, like the French, clearly believe that certain grape growing regions are better suited to particular grape varieties than others. The French have understood this for several centuries and some Australian wine producers and growers (including us) are now embracing this belief.

3.   Understand growing seasons and eat appropriately.  Throughout the world, the four seasons have traditionally had a sizeable impact on how we grow the majority of our food. However, with the advent of refrigeration, broad acre farming, the use of chemicals and growth hormones to promote crop size and ripening, and international shipping, the reliance on seasonality is being eroded.  We believe that this modernization of food is not healthy.  We promote and embrace consuming foods that are grown and then harvested according to seasons.

4.   Have fun. We would like to think that we do things well and take pride from that, but in the process we don’t get too carried away with ourselves. We are very open with our visitors and are always happy to explain and assist those who take an interest in what we do.

Any other advantages?

Biodynamics is basically simple and makes us far more intuitive farmers.

What disasters have you survived?

An old copper stirring machine developed a mind of its own.  Unfortunately for the stirrer but fortunately for us, it has been superseded by a flow form which we love.

Are you happy with your work?

Love it.

Is it worth the effort?

It is easier than conventional farming, so absolutely.

Nadege, Ollie the Dog, and Adam



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