Rosnay

Rosnay – The Organic Pioneers

Richard, Florence and Sam Statham planted the Cowra Wine Region’s first organic vineyard in 1997, and were among the first to grow organic vines in NSW. After a painstaking year of site selection and soil testing, the former wool producers took the bold step of establishing their vineyard organically from before planting. They carted in truckloads of compost and straw mulch and painstakingly hand weeded their new vines, whereas most of today’s organic vineyards were initially set up using herbicides. The also created a unique organic farming community scheme of which they and 7 other families are now part.

In recognition of their work, the Stathams were awarded the inaugural NSW Organic Pioneers’ Award by the NSW Government in 2012. They also won the NSW Landcare Award in 2015, and the Winestate Organic Wine of the Year award in 2016. But their story really begins in the early 1900's in a vineyard in Beaujolais France owned by Florence's grandfather, Alberic Dulong de Rosnay after whom the farm is named. Florence migrated to Australia in the 1970's to marry Richard Statham. Richards father Clive was also a pioneer of organic gardening and his enthusiasm for natural growing rubbed off onto Richard and then onto Richard and Florence’s own children.

The family’s business itself grew organically, from small beginnings selling grapes to organic wineries such as Botobolar and Cassegrain, and the earliest Rosnay wines being made as “contra” deals with those wineries. They planted olives and figs, and later they made larger batches of wine using contract winemaking from neighbouring wineries, and in 2014 they made their first “Garage” wines on site. In 2018 they built a dedicated strawbale winery on the property, with a new focus on hand picked grapes, small (half tonne) open red ferments, hand plunging, using wild yeast, minimal filtration and gentle gravity transfers. Look out for their new “natural” skin contact wine and preservative free wines in particular.

Visitors are welcome, with the old farm house now being offered as a genuine, down-to-earth Farmstay experience, and with a function menu being offered for groups at the winery and cellar door.

 


  • Certified Organic
  • No Added Preservative
  • Vegan Suitable
Rosnay Freedom Preservative Free Chardonnay 2020

Early harvested, hand picked and gently pressed to maximise the gentle natural acidity and stonefruit characters of our ...

from $15.45

18% OFF
  • Certified Organic
  • No Added Preservative
  • Vegan Suitable
Rosnay Freedom Preservative Free Mourvedre 2019

How exciting, a straight Preservative free Mourvedre. Vibrant crimson in colour, with a sweet earthy nose and flavours o...

from $15.45

18% OFF
  • Certified Organic
  • No Added Preservative
  • Vegan Suitable
Rosnay Garage Wine No. 10 Natural Field Blend 2020

Sweet spice, floral and fresh red berries, you feel like you're at the corner shop and you've just bough a a bag of loll...

from $21.68

17% OFF
  • Certified Organic
  • Vegan Suitable
Rosnay Sparkling Vintage Chardonnay 2019

Early harvested Chardonnay with delicate fruity aromas, green apple and lime dry palate with plenty of natural acidity m...

from $19.01

  • Certified Organic
  • Vegan Suitable
Rosnay Garage Wine No. 7 Syrah 2017

The wine is light to medium bodied, with fine tannins and rustic, earthy structure overlaid with savoury fruit flavours ...

from $21.68

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  • Certified Organic
  • Vegan Suitable
Rosnay Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Cassis, perfumed spices of pepper and clove. Elegant vanilla oak overlays silky fruit with plums, currents and delicate ...

from $18.69

  • Certified Organic
  • No Added Preservative
  • Vegan Suitable
Rosnay Freedom Preservative Free Shiraz 2020

This is rich wine with a lots of red juicy fruit character, cherries and plums with hints of liquorice and a savoury mea...

from $15.45

18% OFF