Krinklewood Vineyards owners Rod & Suzanne Windrim first planted wine grapes in 1981 in the Hunter Valley. In 1997 the vineyard size was increased to 48 acres on a picturesque property in the Broke-Fordwich region. Krinklewood vineyard is a family owned, Biodynamic Boutique vineyard, in which every member of the family contributes significantly to the daily operations of the business. This includes everything from designing the labels, working at the cellar door , marketing , PR, vineyard work and making the wine.
Our unique logo is somewhat a tribute to our beloved Limousin cattle. Prior to the vineyard being planted, Krinklewood was home to more than 60 Limousin cattle. Gradually the herd has been reduced to make room for the vines, but the remaining herd still roam freely through the property. This striking breed of cattle originate from the Limoge province in France, where an ancient cave painting depicting the bulls gave inspiration for the Krinklewood logo.
Krinklewood vineyard is ideally situated in the beautiful valley of Broke Fordwich, just two hours drive north from Sydney or 20 minutes west of Pokolbin. The 48 acre vineyard is comprised of classic Hunter varieties of Semillon, Chardonnay, Verdelho & Shiraz, with newer plantings including French varieties Viognier and Mourvedre and the popular Spanish variety of Tempranillo. The white vines are located on a flat bed of free-draining loam soil which is ideal for producing classic Hunter Valley whites, and the Red vines are situated on a gentle slope of clay-loam soil which is well suited to the Shiraz, Mourvedre & Tempranillo.
Biodynamics is in effect a supercharged system of Organic farming. Where Biodynamics differs significantly in practice from organics is in the use of special preparations & the timing of their application. Biodynamics considers the farm in its entirety as a living system, Krinklewood Vineyard is becoming a self-sustaining system in this way and has applied for Biodynamic Certification. In Biodynamics, the soil is seen as an organism in its own right. Therefore the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides is prohibited. Instead Krinklewood uses a series of special preparations to enhance the life of the soil, which are applied at appropriate times in keeping with the rhythms of nature. Biodynamic viticulture is the most natural agricultural 'farming' philosophy. The effect on the wine that you are drinking is that it is the most pure replication of the individuality of the vineyard.
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