MANA – Marlborough Natural Winegrowers

Producing the very best wine possible – naturally


Trending – our way

Monday 17 September 2012

There is a lot of talk about organics and biodynamics in the wine world at the moment; you could dare to say that it’s even ‘fashionable’.

It seems everywhere you look there is some mention of organics or biodynamics. We also hear that a lot of markets attract a premium for wine because it is grown and made this way.

Are we doing it for this reason?

In short – no, although we cannot deny it’s a great feeling when people love our wines because of these things.

First and foremost we are about making the best wine we can, and we are always looking at ways to improve that.    There are countless thing you can do to wine to try and make it ‘better’ but we think that’s a little hard to measure.  We like that the seasons show in our wines, so we try and not mess with the grapes too much, and we find producing grapes organically/biodynamically gives us really good healthy fruit to start.  At the end of the day we want to make wines that are a little bit special, that age well and most of all are enjoyable to drink so we do what we have to – we encourage not manipulate.

Respect for the environment also makes sense, it was an easy decision to be organic; it’s the standard that we set in our gardens at home and for the café, so we would be a bit mad not to do carry that over to the vineyard.  We are gradually adding biodynamic principles as we understand them more and see the benefits in our vineyards and from the fruit we are harvesting.   It’s also very beneficial to belong to a group like MANA where likeminded people are on the same page when it comes to the fundamentals of growing grapes and making wine and are fanatical about making good wine.

We are organic/biodynamic because we believe in the philosophies and the science, because we think it’s kinder to the earth.  We believe in it because we have seen the results in the vineyards and with the fruit we harvest each year.   And mostly because it’s just the way we live.